Book Review – Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health by Sandro Galea

In Well, Sandro Galea pens the perfect primer for reading and learning about public health.

Originally a physician, Galea is now dean at the Boston University School of Public Health and a leader in looking at public health through a social and racial equity lens. Galea was among the first in the field to call for recognizing racism as a public health crisis in the US. He now leads Massachusetts’s Covid-19 task force on health equity.

Well is unique as an accessible, non-academic reader on the complexities of public health and its relationship to individual wellness. Galea aptly categorizes public health, not into fields of study such as health care, epidemiology, nutrition, or climate. Rather, he frames health within the cultural values and societal elements that determine wellness such as knowledge, freedom, compassion, and justice. Through a seamless blend of storytelling, current events, and hard evidence, Galea guides his readers to grasp that in order to make us all well, we must first understand what truly determines our health, choose to value it, then come together to politically and monetarily prioritize it as a society.


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Other books by Sandro Galea:

  • Pained: Uncomfortable Conversations about the Public’s Health Teaching Public Health by Michael Stein and Sandro Galea
  • Public Health by James M. Schultz, Lisa M. Sullivan, and Sandro Galea
  • Urban Health by Sandro Galea, Catherine K. Ettman, and David Vlahov
  • Healthier: Fifty Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health by Sandro Galea

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