This book sets out to persuade its readers that where you live can kill you. It does this by examining health divides in the USA and the UK, especially between the north and south of England, and between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Epidemiologists will be pleased that the text contains a good deal of data attractively presented in graphs, maps and tables. The author is a geographer with an evident passion for highlighting the existence and cause of health inequities. I felt great relief on reading that the author’s parents were born in the 1950s (as was I). Thank goodness for a new generation of health equity researchers to whom we can pass the baton! It is very good to read the work of a younger colleague who is pointing to health inequities as evidence of a moral and policy shortfall in society, whereby society becomes richer but fails to spread the spoils of wealth fairly.
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