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Pained: Uncomfortable Conversations about the Public's Health

Michael Stein and Sandro Galea


As a country, the United States overinvests in medical care, often at the expense of the social, economic, and cultural forces that produce health. Indeed, the rise of medicine as a cornerstone of American life and culture has coincided with a social and political devaluation of factors demonstrated to mean more to one’s vitality than anything else—influences like where one lives, works, and plays; livable wages that create opportunity for healthy living; and gender and racial equity. As such, this book moves the conversation around American health toward matters of class, money, and culture. ... More

Keywords: United States, medical care, American life, American culture, American health, public health, healthy living, gender equity, racial equity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197510384
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197510384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Stein, author
Professor and Chair of Health Law, Policy and Management, School of Public Health, Boston University

Sandro Galea, author
Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean, School of Public Health, Boston University

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