Unequal Health


Health inequalities are the most important inequalities of all. In the US and the UK these inequalities have now reached an extent not seen for over a century. Most people's health is much better now than then, but the gaps in life expectancy between regions, between cities, and between neighbourhoods within cities now surpass the worst measures over the last hundred years. In almost all other affluent countries, inequalities in health are lower and people live longer. In his new book, academic and writer Danny Dorling describes the current extent of inequalities in health as the scandal of our times. He provides nine new chapters and updates a wide selection of his highly influential writings on health, including international-peer reviewed studies, annotated lectures, newspaper articles, and interview transcripts, to create an accessible collection that is both contemporary and authoritative. As a whole the book shows conclusively that inequalities in health are the scandal of our times in the most unequal of rich nations and calls for immediate action to reduce these inequalities in the near future.

On this book companion website you find further material including reading samples, data and all figures from the book. Please go to the Material section to get an overview of what is available online, or view the figures in an online image gallery.

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The scandal of our times

The long view

The liberal record

Medicine and politics

Despair and joy

Global Inequality

Thinking, drawing and counting

Changing demographics and ageing populations

“The breadth and depth of scholarship displayed in this book is staggering - but what impresses just as much is how engagingly Danny Dorling communicates the important truths about the scandal of our times.”

Kate Pickett,
Professor of Epidemiology, University of York

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"Professor Dorling is a meticulous scholar who talks personally and directly to the reader rather than to other academics, and with a powerful message: willful ignorance of the social causes of illness and death is taking us back to Victorian levels of inequality."

Sebastian Kraemer,
Tavistock Clinic London and Whittington Hospital London

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