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By now it is evident that profound changes in the economic, occupational and social structures have produced and are still producing further increases in the socioeconomic inequalities of health in the population. These inequalities also have roots in the distant history of people, since they led to real genetic differences connected to social class. Individuals are not born equal in their probability of health and length of life. The strongest predictors of mortality in adults are biological characteristics present from birth. Victor Fuchs, one of the most important health economists …