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The State of Health Atlas

Mapping the challenges and causes of disease

BMA Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science & BMA Medical Book Award for Public Health

This major new profile of global health charts recent and emerging trends to show how health, poverty and human rights are inextricably linked – and how inequalities are both avoidable and unsustainable.

With full-colour maps and graphics, and clear commentary, this award-winning atlas covers a wide range of topics, including: life expectancy; malnutrition and obesity; water and sanitation; cancer, heart disease and diabetes; infectious diseases, from malaria to HIV/AIDS; tobacco and alcohol use; mental health; urbanization; climate change; war, violence and abuse; avian flu and pandemic planning; antibiotic resistance.

Dr Diarmuid O'Donovan

is a medical doctor based in the west of Ireland. He is Senior Lecturer in Social and Preventive Medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Director of Public Health in the Irish health service. He has lived and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, and is involved in research and education on health and development issues.

Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

Brilliant and original, this vividly informative book gives an incredibly holistic account of how our planet is divided by health and wealth, and generates another route into understanding the nature of our supposedly globalised world.

British Medical Association

This is a superbly accessible, beautifully produced, highly informative and well-written compendium of world health statistics. It will be of interest to a wide range of professionals and students in many areas. It is excellent value for money and should grace the book shelf of everyone who cares about human health.

Publishing News: Top Ten title

Without the use of maps, presenting this much information would be near impossible. Extremely clear and easy-to-follow, the layout is excellent...graphically illustrating the worsening health problems hitting countries like Africa and parts of Asia.

Prof T H Lam, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong

Attractive, informative, inspiring and provocative...Emerging from the colourful maps and contrasting figures, percentages, bars and pies are numerous questions of 'why, why and why?' This atlas is a challenge for our concerted efforts and actions for public health, not just for our own communities, but for this endangered globe and the billions of people who are in desperate conditions.

BMA Awards

The author receives his awards from Richard Dawkins at the BMA awards ceremony.

UK edition

ISBN: 9781844074655

US Edition

ISBN: 9780520254114

Japanese edition

ISBN: 978-46210-811-9-8