Saving sick Britain

Why we need the health society

By Martin Yuille and Bill Ollier

Saving sick Britain


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5228-2
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: February 2021
  • BIC Category: Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Politics, MEDICAL / Health Policy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy, MEDICAL / Public Health, Society & social sciences / Social issues & processes, Medicine / Health systems & services


Like many similar countries, the United Kingdom is seeing a rise in modern epidemics such as depression, heart disease, obesity and cancer. We have an excellent NHS that treats these conditions, but what if we could stop them in their tracks? What if they didn't need treating, because they were being prevented?

Putting public health at the heart of public policy, this book proposes a radical shift in our priorities as a society and polity: aNational Health Society could make us all healthy. Yuille and Ollier bring together the science of big data and precision public health, with the political change that would be needed to make this a reality. The book forces us to take a step back and see that when it comes to our health, we are not taking it seriously enough.


Introduction: The heart of the matter
Section 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

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

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

Section 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 Covid19 pandemic

Suggested reading


Martin Yuille (University of Manchester)

Bill Ollier (Manchester Metropolitan University)

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