Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In their study comparing the relative health status of older individuals in England and the United States, Dr Banks and colleagues1 provide evidence that US residents are much less healthy than their English counterparts and suggest that very little of this disparity is due to differences in smoking, heavy drinking, and overweight. Although the difference between countries was particularly striking with respect to smoking related illnesses, smoking behavior is very similar in each country.
Hanson GS. Comparison of Health Status Between the United States and England. JAMA. 2006;296(19):2312-2313. doi:10.1001/jama.296.19.2312-a