Health inequalities are the most important inequalities of all. In the USA and the UK these inequalities have now reached an extent not seen for over a century. Most peoples’ health is much better now than then, but the gaps in life expectancy between regions, between cities, and between neighbourhoods within cities now surpass the worst measures over the last hundred years. In almost all other affluent countries, inequalities in health are lower and people live longer. In Unequal Health: The Scandal of Our Times, Danny Dorling describes the current extent of inequalities in health as the scandal of our times and calls for immediate action to reduce these inequalities in the near future.
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Danny Dorling is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield. With a group of colleagues he helped create the website www.worldmapper.org which shows who has most and least in the world. He has been a member of the World Health Organization’s Scientific Resource Group on Health Equity Analysis and Research, is a Patron of the charity RoadPeace, an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, and is Honorary President of the Society of Cartographers. His books include Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists (commended by the judges of the 2011 Best Book of Ideas prize), So You Think You Know About Britain? and Bankrupt Britain: An Atlas of Social Change (with Bethan Thomas). Visit his website at www.dannydorling.org.
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