'Richard Wilkinson’s pathbreaking work challenges everyone interested in socioeconomic conditions and health to rethink in a most constructive way. This new book – a wonderful work of synthesis – brings insight into how conditions of society impact on people’s daily lives to cause health and disease. Emphasising the links between equality, cooperation, and personal control, he shows how conditions of society have profound biological effects. It is a stimulating and exciting book.' –Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London
'Wilkinson’s work is a powerful and provocative piece of scholarship. The Impact of Inequality presents a challenge to us all to improve population health by tackling economic and social inequalities.' – Lisa Berkman, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Harvard School of Public Health
'In the affluent world, countless millions of people are obsessed with what they can do to be healthy. Richard Wilkinson is rightly obsessed with what nations, communities, and employers can do to create a healthy social environment. In this brave and well-reasoned book, he combs through the health evidence for clues to the kinds of economic structures and human relationships that are best for us in every sense.' – James Lardner, Senior Fellow at Demos, New York, and Director and founder of inequality.org
'This is a book that puts the numbers to a psychological truth: inequality is the real enemy.' – The Guardian
‘Wilkinson’s book is an important blow against Blair’s claim that only poverty, not inequality, matters.’ – Socialist Review
'Richard Wilkinson's latest book tells us what we already know, and that is why we need it.' – Prospect, Issue 114, 2005-09-25
About the Author
Richard Wilkinson is Professor of Social Epidemiology, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham Medical School, and Visiting Professor at the International Centre for Health and Society, Department of Epidemiology, University College London. He has been researching the social determinants of health and health inequalities for over 25 years and is the author of the bestselling Unhealthy Societies: The Afflictions of Inequality (Routledge, 1996).