Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 May 2019

304 Pages


ISBN: 9780190916831

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What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health

Sandro Galea

  • Agencycal argument for how health has little to do with medicine — and how America gets it wrong
  • Authored by a preeminent voice in American public health and healthcare, a former immigrant and Doctors Without Borders physician, now the youngest dean of a school of public health in the U.S.
  • Offers explanation for why people in the U.S., despite spending more on health than any other country, remain less healthy and live shorter lives than people in other rich nations
  • Goes beyond standard conversations about health (e.g., diet, activity, lifestyle, healthcare) to make a compelling scientific case that America's social structure is unhealthy
  • The first book to consider how the fabric of the United States — its history, wealth, politics, and inequality — contributes to shorter, less healthy lives
  • Highly relevant to current conversations around healthcare reform, environmental deregulation, the implications of tax reform, welfare and entitlement programs, and immigration
  • Written in a personal and accessible voice, it marks the arrival of an essential new perspective on American health and medicine

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