The first injustice: socioeconomic disparities, health services technology, and infant mortality

Annu Rev Sociol. 1997;23:147-70. doi: 10.1146/annurev.soc.23.1.147.


"Infant mortality has long been viewed as a synoptic indicator of the health and social condition of a population. In this article we examine critically the structure of this reflective capacity with a particular emphasis on how new health care technologies may have altered traditional pathways of social influence.... Current patterns of infant mortality in the United States provide a useful illustration of the dynamic interaction of underlying social forces and technological innovation in determining trends in health outcomes. We review the implications of this perspective for [future] sociological research into disparate infant mortality...."

MeSH terms

  • Americas
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Demography
  • Developed Countries
  • Economics
  • Health Services*
  • Health*
  • Infant Mortality*
  • Mortality
  • North America
  • Population
  • Population Dynamics
  • Poverty*
  • Research Design*
  • Research*
  • Socioeconomic Factors*
  • Technology*
  • United States