Thursday, September 22, 2005

A rising tide

Even in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the Americas, infant mortality is 68/1,000. The servant-keepers of York [in 1900] had infant mortality (94/1,000), comparable to Uganda or Equatorial Guinea today. A small amount of money, spent on public health and education, could make infant mortality lower in one of today's poor countries than it was among the rich people of York in 1900.
--Michael Marmot. "The Status Syndrome," 64-5.

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