Affluent communities

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  • In this time of mass communication, rich people like us know very well the horrible conditions in which many poor people must live. In "Affluent in the Face of Poverty" Jos Philips wonders what we should do about poverty. The book argues that if we can do great good at little cost to ourselves, we ought to do so - and perhaps we ought to do great good even if the cost to ourselves of doing so, is not small. Also, it is argued that rich individuals like us can often, at little cost to ourselves, undertake a number of...

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  • For some doctors in affluent countries the first question about prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD) nowadays is whether to write a prescription for one of the statins (simvastatin, pravastatin, fluvastatin, atorvastatin, etc) which inhibit an early step of cholesterol biosynthesis in the body (see p 7). Tables are available to show whether the 5- or 10-year risk justifies the cost of long term statin medication, but the relation of diet and CHD is still of primary importance for the majority of people. What we eat is bound up with the aetiology of CHD.

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  • Nutrition is one of those subjects which comes up every day in general practice—or should do—yet in most undergraduate medical schools it is crowded out by the big clinical specialities and high technology procedures. It is for subjects like nutrition that the British Medical Journal’s ABC series is extremely useful. This book was started when Dr Stephen Lock, previous editor of the BMJ asked me to write a series of weekly articles for an imagined general practitioner, in an unfashionable provincial town who had been taught almost no nutrition at medical school.

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  • Despite the uncertainty around the appropriation and the limited discretionary funds we project we will have available, this business plan nevertheless will enable CPB to play a significant leadership role in our industry’s efforts to design and build the public media system of the future. We will fund major projects in content, television, radio, and digital media platforms. We will fund educational content that we know through research will help close the academic achievement gap between affluent and disadvantaged children.

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  • Compared with the overall school district population, our survey sample is both whiter and wealthier, an occurrence similar to previous surveys conducted in these school districts (Schellenberg, personal communication, 2007).

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