Description - Poverty and Life Expectancy by James C. Riley
Poverty and Life Expectancy is a multidisciplinary study that reconstructs Jamaica's rise from low to high life expectancy and explains how that was achieved. Jamaica is one of the small number of countries that has attained a life expectancy nearly matching that in the rich lands, such as the US, despite having a much lower level of per capita income. Why this is so is the Jamaica paradox. This book provides an answer, surveying possible explanations at the outset of Jamaica's rapid gains in life expectancy, in the 1920s, and since. Jamaica's approach to reducing mortality emphasized that school children and their parents master lessons about how to manage disease hazards, and led to a successful collaboration between public health authorities and the people.
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Cambridge University Press
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Author Biography - James C. Riley
James C. Riley is Distinguished Professor of History at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is the author of several books, including Rising Life Expectancy: A Global History (Cambridge, 2001) and Sick, Not Dead: The Health of British Workingmen during the Mortality Decline (1997). He is contributor to journals such as Population Studies, the American Historical Review, and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History. He is a recipient of research awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Institutes of Health.