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J Epidemiol Community Health 59:533
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Complexity, ecology, the environment, and isn't it time to study the wealthy?

COMPLEXITY, ECOLOGY, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND ISN’T IT TIME TO STUDY THE WEALTHY?

The story is told of a bank robber up before the court. The judge asked him why he robbed banks. “Because that’s where the money is,” he replied. We talk about health, but we obsessively research the unhealthy and the poor. In this issue, Fran Baum argues for the need to research the wealthy, and for that research to inform healthy policy and the redistribution of wealth to improve health.
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Two other major themes run through this month’s issue. A paper by Li and colleagues, from Oregon, reports findings on neighbourhood built environment characteristics and the promotion of walking and urban mobility. This paper is picked …