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This text examines the relationship between the knowledge base of mental health professionals, the evidence about inequalities and the utilization of the mental health services. Starting with a critical appraisal of traditional psychiatric epidemiology, it moves into an exploration of the inequalities created by familial and neighbourhood influences, service contact and challenges during the life span. Controversies in mental health debates, about violence and different forms of psychiatric treatment, are discussed within a framework of social inequalities.
DAVID PILGRIM is Head of Adult and Forensic Psychology Services, Guild NHS Trust, Preston UK and Professor of Mental Health at the University of Liverpool, UK - ANNE ROGERS is Professor of the Sociology of Health Care at the School of Primary Care, University of Manchester, UK