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(p. 39) Remediable or preventable social factors in the aetiology and prognosis of medical disorders 

(p. 39) Remediable or preventable social factors in the aetiology and prognosis of medical disorders
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(p. 39) Remediable or preventable social factors in the aetiology and prognosis of medical disorders
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Michael Marmot

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10.1093/med:psych/9780198530343.003.0003
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date: 27 July 2021

This chapter reviews the role of social factors in disease incidence. It outlines data suggesting that social gradients affect differences in morbidity and mortality and that these change with time. Although consequent health risk behaviours, such as smoking, help to mediate this effect, work-related stressors have an independent effect. Non-human primate studies suggest that the relationship between social position and health may be causal in different ways in both sexes.

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