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Response To Marmot's The Status Syndrome

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In The Status Syndrome, Marmot argues that socioeconomic conditions lead to a hierarchical health gradient, where mortality progressively decreases as one’s socioeconomic status improves. He illustrates this using mortality rate data about workers in the British civil service from the Whitehall studies. The studies show that mortality in all age groups is higher for clerical workers, who earn less and have a lower social standing, as compared to other professionals. Moreover, administrators, who earn more than both these groups, have the lowest mortality rates, which shows a gradient in health. Additionally, none of these workers are in poverty, and have access to medical care, which further highlights that the health gradient is a phenomenon
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