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Health and behavior: the interplay of biological, behavioral, and societal influences/Committee on Health and Behavior, Research, Practice, and Policy, Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, Institute of Medicine.

p.; cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-07030-9 (hardcover)

1. Medicine and psychology. 2. Social medicine. [DNLM: 1. Health Behavior. 2. Attitude to Health. 3. Preventive Health Services. 4. Socioeconomic Factors. W 85 H4338 2001] I. Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Health and Behavior: Research, Practice, and Policy.

R726.5 .H43225 2001

613'.01'9–dc21

2001003541

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