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The social bases of ill-health

Thischapteraimstoexplorethetrendsinthemajorcausesof illnessanddeathintheUKoverthelastcentury.Thedifferences inthehealthstatusofgroupswithinthepopulationarealso examinedalongthelinesofclass,genderandethnicity.The explanationsforthesedifferencesareanalysedaswellasthe patternsofhealthserviceutilisation.Beforedealingwithtrends, explanationsandutilisation,anexaminationofconceptsofdisease,illnessandhealthareexaminedandproblemsofthe measurementofthesephenomenadiscussed.