Saving sick Britain

Why we need the 'Health Society'

By Martin Yuille and Bill Ollier

Saving sick Britain
Hardcover -
  • Price: RRP £20.00, NOW £4.00
  • ISBN: 9781526152282
  • Publish Date: Feb 2021
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Buy Now RRP £20.00, NOW £4.00

    Delivery Exc. North and South America


    Delivery to North and South America

    Click Here to Buy from Your Preferred Bookseller
    eBook +
  • Price: RRP £20.00, NOW £4.00
  • ISBN: 9781526152299
  • Publish Date: Feb 2021
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Buy Now RRP £20.00, NOW £4.00

    Delivery Exc. North and South America


    Delivery to North and South America

    Click Here to Buy from Your Preferred Bookseller

    Book Information

    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5228-2
    • Pages: 304
    • Price: RRP £20.00, NOW £4.00
    • Published Date: February 2021


    Britain is sick and it needs saving. Covid-19 has brought death, disruption and disorder. It has revealed fundamental failures in public policy and our approach to health. For years, the same failures have perpetuated a host of modern plagues - long-running deadly epidemics in diabetes, depression and heart disease. These plagues pose systemic risks to society itself.

    In this timely book, Yuille and Ollier envisage a society that always puts the health of citizens first: the 'Health Society'. The time for dithering and tinkering has passed. Prevention of disease is a task for all branches of government - not just the NHS but also for every workplace, employer, community and citizen. The 'Health Society' means working in radically new ways to extend our healthy lives and sustainably increase national prosperity.

    Saving sick Britain follows the science and lays down a challenge to us all: are we ready to make the change required to end these modern plagues? In answering the question the book helps steer the reader towards rethinking what both 'prevention' and 'health' mean in modern Britain.

    This book is relevant to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3, Good health and well-being.


    'This book will enlighten all who care about the need to rethink how we create a healthy society. Health depends on the kind of society we are. The factors that are most important in the relationships between health and welfare are multiple and they themselves interact. The scientific method that deals with 'this complexity is the systems approach. It is the necessary complement to the search for single drug interventions and it is sorely needed in today's aging societies. It respects the system as a whole, whether that system is the human body, or human society. It searches for the range of conditions that will keep us healthy. The authors have written a book that should be widely read by politicians, economists, health providers, financiers, medical researchers - in fact anyone who wishes to reconcile our economic and health priorities. The current pandemic is a wake-up call. Here is the reading that responds to that call.'
    Denis Noble, Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford and author of Dance to the Tune of Life

    'Saving Sick Britain is an excellent and timely book. Part manifesto, part popular science, its real importance lies in its bold and broad view of health and how all of a polity's public policy should, ultimately, be directed towards the 'health' of the population. This involves a redefinition of 'health', that directs much more focus, appropriately and importantly, to the kinds of policy interventions that would best prevent, rather than merely treat, disease, especially 'the modern plagues of diabetes, depression, heart disease and cancer'. In elegant prose and evidence-led argument, Yuille and Ollier clamour for radical, worthwhile change. Listen! What they propose is most applicable to affluent societies like Britain, but its lessons can be applied to most other parts of the world, bar the extremely impoverished. It should therefore be read by everyone, but especially anyone with an interest or occupation in public policy, health or government.'
    Lawrence Hamilton, Professor of Political Theory, University of Cambridge

    'This is an important contribution to one of the most vital issues of our time: how health should be a first order priority for government and society. By rethinking the role of the state and how we should reconceptualise health, it offers a deep reflection on the purpose of politics and the need for a new guiding idea to meet people's needs in the 21st Century.'
    Benedict Macon-Cooney, Head of the Science & Innovation unit, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change



    Introduction: the heart of the matter

    Part I
    1 Words about words
    2 The modern plagues
    3 Sorrows in battalions
    4 Your loss is my loss: we all lose
    5 Deckchairs on the Titantic

    Part II
    6 The appliance of science
    7 When things start to go wrong
    8 Knowing the unknown
    9 Risks that we can change

    Part III
    10 Biological relativity
    11 Natural prevention
    12 Health is what we need

    Part IV
    13 Thinking outside the box
    14 The road to recovery
    15 Community change
    16 The tools for the job
    17 Your health is my health
    18 Postscript: the COVID-19 pandemic

    Suggested reading


    Martin Yuille is Honorary Reader and former Co-Director of the Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research in the Institute of Population Health at the University of Manchester.

    Bill Ollier is Emeritus Professor of Immunogenetics at the University of Manchester and Professor of Healthcare Science at Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Saving sick Britain

    By Martin Yuille, Bill Ollier

    Hardcover RRP £20.00, NOW £4.00 / $29.95

    Or buy from your preferred bookseller:

    Amazon Waterstones Blackwells Bookshop

    Newsletter Sign Up

    Manchester University Press

    Your cart is empty.

    Select your shipping destination to estimate postage costs

    (Based on standard shipping costs)

    Final cost calculated on checkout
    Promotional codes can be added on Checkout