NATURE: Inequality: Live poor, die young

Abigail A. Sewell examines a physician’s study of how deprivation shortens lifespan.

David Ansell’s passionately written The Death Gap presents a powerful case for social inequality as a cause of disease and disparities in health. The social epidemiologist, physician and public-hospital veteran invokes the concept of ‘death gaps’ to describe differences in life expectancy by race, ethnicity, class and geography.

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