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June 4, 2008

Just Health: Meeting Health Needs Fairly

JAMA. 2008;299(21):2568-2569. doi:10.1001/jama.299.21.2568

A growing body of literature seeks to better understand the social determinants of health and, in parallel, to document the extent of health inequalities and disparities. The assumption behind this work is that inequalities are too large and that governments and international organizations ought to take steps to reduce the gaps. But what obligates society to act to reduce inequalities in health? And how does society know when inequalities are “too large”? These are the weighty questions Norman Daniels wrestles with in Just Health: Meeting Health Needs Fairly. The book refines the theory presented in his earlier work, Just Health Care,1 with a greater emphasis on the nonmedical determinants of health and international health issues.

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