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The social epidemiology of population health during the time of transition from communism in Central and Eastern Europe

Arjumand Siddiqi, Martin Bobak and Clyde Hertzman

in Social inequality and public health

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423207
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.003.0010
The social epidemiology of population health during the time of transition from communism in Central and Eastern Europe

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This chapter shows how the population-wide effect of proximate psychosocial factors on public health can be truly enormous. It argues that the social shocks associated with the transition to capitalism in the 1990s in Eastern Europe are responsible for a massive increase in cardiovascular disease among working-age men. Population health statistics suggest that during the first four years of the transition period, there were dramatic increases in mortality among males and females of working age.

Keywords: social shocks; cardiovascular disease; psychosocial factors; Eastern Europe; capitalism

Chapter.  5394 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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