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Health Disparities in the United States Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health by Donald A. Barr

Health Disparities in the United States Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health

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Health Disparities in the United States Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health by Donald A. Barr

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice magazineThe health care system in the United States has been called the best in the world. Yet wide health disparities persist between different social groups, and many Americans suffer from poorer health than people in other developed countries. Donald A. Barr's Health Disparities in the United States explores how socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity interact with socioeconomic inequality to create and perpetuate these health disparities. Examining the significance of this gulf for the medical community, cultural subsets, and society at large, Barr offers potential policy- and physician-based solutions for reducing health inequity in the long term.This popular course book, which has been fully updated, now incorporates significant new material, including a chapter on the profound effects of inequality on child development, behavioral choices, and adult health status. An essential text for courses in public health, health policy, and sociology, the second edition analyzes the complex web of social forces that influence health outcomes in the United States. This book is a vital teaching tool and a comprehensive reference for social science and medical professionals.


This book will be of interest to everyone with an interest in diversity issues and the effects of inequality on child development, and all those who value and treasure the NHS. -- Margaret Arthur * Nursing Standard * This very fundamental book about health disparities in the United States gives an up to date and comprehensive summary of the current knowledge about this important health topic. It offers potential policy--and physician--based solutions for reducing social inequalities in health in the long run. -- Uwe Helmert * Socialnet *

About the Author

Donald A. Barr, MD, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics and education at Stanford University. He is the author of Introduction to U.S. Health Policy, third edition, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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Publication date

20th August 2014


Donald A. Barr

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Johns Hopkins University Press


328 pages


Health systems & services
Ethnic studies
Social classes



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