Politicians have talked endlessly about the economic devastation wrought by the recent financial crisis, but what about the damage it’s done to our bodies and minds? In The Body Economic, pioneering public health researchers David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu mine data from around the globe and throughout history to demonstrate that bad fiscal policyparticularly cuts to social service spendingcan have disastrous consequences for human health. While some nations have seen suicide rates, HIV transmissions, alcoholism, and heart disease spike during the Great Recession, not everyone has sufferedor needs to, so long as governments make health and well-being a priority.
Brimming with counterintuitive findings and bold policy recommendations, The Body Economic makes the urgent case that while recessions hurt, austerity measures can kill.
About the Author
DAVID STUCKLER, M.P.H., Ph.D., is a Senior Research Leader at the University of Oxford and Honorary Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He lives in Oxford, England.