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Smoking - the great equaliser

Ami Banerjee
Last edited 10th June 2009
In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, first published in 1945, some animals were “more equal than others”. In 2009 the human situation is similar both in the UK and worldwide. Social inequality leads to health inequality in terms of disease causation, treatment and health outcomes [1]. There is growing momentum at governmental and global level to target the so-called social determinants of ill health, which include social gradient, occupation and social support networks [1].

Lost in translation-lessons from cholera

Ami Banerjee
Last edited 10th June 2009
The recent cholera outbreak is the worst in Zimbabwe's history, infecting 66,000 people with over 3,300 deaths [1, 2]. Last week, a Red Cross worker wrote a diary from Zimbabwe for the BBC [1]. Despite technological advances it revealed the desperate circumstances under which people are providing and receiving health care in parts of the world, even when the evidence for cause and cure is beyond doubt.

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