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Book and Media Reviews
January 3, 2007

Global Children's Health

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2007;297(1):94-98. doi:10.1001/jama.297.1.95

In 1844, Friedrich Engels documented the conditions of England's working class. Based on firsthand accounts of suffering, he concluded, “All conceivable evils are heaped upon the heads of the poor.”1 Although his later works with Karl Marx, which sought to diagnose and prescribe solutions for urban poverty, have been disputed, Engels' contribution to the descriptive epidemiology of urban poverty remains sound.