Saving and ignoring lives

Physicians obligations to address root social influences on health moral justifications and educational implications

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Abstract

The predominant influences on health are social or upstream factors. Poverty, inadequate education, insecure and toxic environments, and inferior opportunities for jobs and positions are inequitable disadvantages that adversely affect health across the globe. Many causal pathways are yet to be understood. However, elimination of these social inequalities is a moral imperative of the first order. Some physicians by word and deed argue that medical doctors should oppose the structural violence of social inequalities that greatly shorten lives and wreak so much suffering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-509
Number of pages13
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy
  • Health(social science)
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Medicine(all)

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