Inequalities in Health: Concepts, Measures and Ethics, edited by Nir Eyal, Samia A. Hurst, Ole F. Norheim and Dan Wikler. Oxford University Press, 2013, 348 pages.

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JournalEconomics and Philosophy
DatePublished - 1 Jul 2015
Issue number2
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)312-320
Original languageEnglish


What happens when you ask a bunch of philosophers for advice about
a policy problem? They will start by asking you to imagine all sorts
of absurdly unrealistic hypothetical dilemmas, and conclude by telling
you: ‘its all very, very complicated!’ That is why philosophers are rarely
asked for advice about policy problems. Sometimes, however, policy
problems really are more complicated than policy makers and their
advisers realize, in important ways they need to understand. This edited
collection convincingly demonstrates that health inequality is a case in
point. My review starts with a chapter-by-chapter summary, and then
picks out three cross-cutting issues that I believe will repay careful
consideration by anyone involved in studying health inequality or
advising policy makers.

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