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The Body Economic

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

Stuckler, David

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Body Economic
Two public health researchers prove that the recent economic crises around the world have had calamitous effects on people's health, citing increases in suicide rates, HIV transmissions, and heart disease during times of bad fiscal policy.

Publisher: New York :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780465063987
Characteristics: xxi, 216 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Basu, Sanjay, Author


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Aug 27, 2014
  • redban rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • gramsci rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent. So clearly written.


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