The Body Economic

The Body Economic

Why Austerity Kills : Recessions, Budget Battles and the Politics of Life and Death

Book - 2013
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Recessions can hurt . . . but austerity kills

In The Body Economic, Dr. David Stuckler and Dr. Sanjay Basu provide hard evidence to reveal the tragic human toll of the ongoing recession worldwide. From a rise in alcoholism in the UK to scores of suicides in California to HIV outbreaks and abandoned children in Greece, the book tells the stories of people who were not bailed out and who are now bearing the brunt of the 2007 stock-market crash.

The authors argue that this suffering is not inevitable. Based on a decade of groundbreaking research stretched across five continents, The Body Economic shows how key public health decisions can affect the impact of financial crises for better or for worse.

Urgent and provocative, The Body Economic draws attention to a growing area of "recession medicine." It speaks to a hopeful audience, not only providing evidence of the realities of recession and illness but also presenting illuminating case studies of resilience and creative response to difficult conditions. The authors show that recession can provide opportunities to tackle long-standing public-health problems in surprising new ways, paving the way for a happier and healthier future.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013.
ISBN: 9781443420440
Characteristics: xxi, 216 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Basu, Sanjay


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redban Aug 27, 2014

So clear and relevant, very insightful read. Completely agree with StarGladiator, this book's strength is in the effects of austerity on healthcare, but the socioeconomic roots of austerity is outside the book's scope, outside the authors' expertise, and must be explored elsewhere. This is merely an important piece to the puzzle.

Apr 23, 2014

Read this book along with Nomi Prins' All The Presidents' Bankers and Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century. Forewarned is forearmed.

Mar 23, 2014

These gentlemen write an excellent book, but due to shortcomings on the financial/economic end, they sadly don't fully grasp what MUST be grasped to understand the status quo: the banksters and their lackeys make tremendous profit from the status quo (especially in America and the UK) which is namely ignoring the two greatest cost drivers in healthcare - - the private equity/leveraged buyouts across the entire healthcare sector, and the hedge funds' speculation across the entire healthcare sector - - until these external cost drivers of the private health insurance sector are both recognized and understood, we will never make any progress!

Aug 24, 2013

This book was cited and profiled by Dr. Richard Wolff in his weekly program, Economic Update, which can be heard via the website, here:

Jul 30, 2013

Excellent. So clearly written.

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