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      The Social Determinants of Health: Coming of Age 

      Braveman, Paula; Egerter, Susan; Williams, David R. (Annual Review of Public Health, 2011-04-21)

      In the United States, awareness is increasing that medical care alone cannot adequately improve health overall or reduce health disparities without also addressing where and how people live. A critical mass of relevant knowledge has accumulated, documenting associations, exploring pathways and biological mechanisms, and providing a previously unavailable scientific foundation for appreciating the role of social factors in health. We review current knowledge about health effects of social (including economic) factors, knowledge gaps, and research ...