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New Social Determinants of Health book

7 October 2005


oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-856589-5">'Social Determinants of Health'
  • IISH
  • IHMEC/Lancet lecture
  • 'Social Determinants of Health: The Solid Facts'
  • The second edition of 'Social Determinants of Health', edited by Professor Sir Michael Marmot and Professor Richard Wilkinson (UCL International Institute for Society and Health) has been published.

    The first edition is an Oxford University Press classic, having become the main textbook in its field. The book provides the detail behind the World Health Organisation (WHO) booklet 'The Social Determinants of Health: The Solid Facts', one of WHO's most successful ever publications and translated into more than 20 languages.

    The new edition of 'Social Determinants of Health' takes account of the latest research and contains new chapters on ethnicity and health, sexual behaviour, the elderly, housing and neighbourhoods. All the evidence in the publication has been completely updated.

    It gives an authoritative overview of the social and economic factors that are known to be the most powerful determinants of population health in modern societies. This new edition coincides with the launch on 14 October 2005 of the UCL International Institute for Society and Health (IISH), directed by Professor Marmot.

    The launch, held at UCL from 12-5pm, will bring together acclaimed international speakers and internationally recognised researchers from UCL, together with representatives from policymaking institutions from the UK and abroad. Details of the launch programme and a registration form are now on the IISH's website.

    The launch event will be followed by the UCL International Health & Medical Education Centre/Lancet Lecture, held in the Institute of Education at 6pm, and given by Professor Daniel Kahneman (Princeton University). The lecture, 'Progress in the study of well-being' will cover the nature of well-being, approaches to its measurement, its relation to health, and its distribution across social classes and over the continents. Professor Kahneman was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work in economic sciences.

    The editors will be at the IHMEC/Lancet lecture and will be available after the lecture to sign copies of the book which will be on sale at a reduced price.

    To find out more about the publication and events, use the links at the top of this article.