Early praise and reviews

Galea’s book is like a meditation on what can make for a healthier world. He is uniquely gifted to give us this broader prescription for our lives and those of our children and grandchildren. His is a message of hope, and we should listen.
— Lloyd I Sederer

Read the full review above in The Lancet Psychiatry.

For 45 years I have fought for equity, compassion, and inclusion in mental health, so I am thrilled to see Sandro Galea’s Well take the revolutionary and compelling stance that these principles can have a more beneficial effect upon public health than any scientific discovery.
— Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady
A sensitive and nuanced perspective on often overlooked issues—compassion, fairness, freedom—that matter most to our health.
— David Blumenthal, President, The Commonwealth Fund
Galea moves beyond a numbing rhetoric of numbers to tell how societal forces mold people’s health.
— Mary Bassett, Harvard University, former New York City Health Commissioner
A timely reminder that when it comes to public health challenges like gun violence, civic engagement is the closest thing we have to a miracle drug.
— John Feinblatt, President, Everytown for Gun Safety

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A brilliant exposé of the societal factors that profoundly impact individual and population health.
— Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Galea elevates our understanding of what forces influence our health and shape our well-being, writing with sensitivity, nuance and authority.
— Joseph Amon, Drexel University, former director of Health and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
The passionate argument we need for the health we deserve. What an important frame for the right to health!
— Leana Wen, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Sandro Galea gives a revolutionary perspective on the state of public health in the United States and tells us how it can be fixed.
— Washington BookReview

Read the full review at The Washington BookReview


Well in the World:


The Soundtrack of Well

Conversations around healthcare mean more if we live in a society that actively values health—not just medicine. Sandro Galea’s case for change in America is bold, disarming, and eminently achievable. Well is the starting point for a conversation we need to have.
— Jeff Arnold, Chairman and CEO, Sharecare
A clear and compelling case that health inequities resulting from environmental, societal, and political forces are holding all of us back. It’s time to reinvest in our health—not just our healthcare.
— Gina McCarthy, Harvard University, former EPA Administrator
 
This book will change the way you think about health—not just yours, but the world’s.
— John DeSouza, President, Ample, Inc.
A radical new perspective on the true drivers of health—and a set of truly disruptive conclusions to inspire those designing health systems. A defining manifesto for the years ahead.
— Arnaud Bernaert, World Economic Forum
An elegant, jarring examination of the public’s health in America—which for all of its flaws remains the source of our greatest hope for the future.
— Karen DeSalvo, University of Texas at Austin, former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kirkus Review

An epidemiologist reframes the American health care crisis.

Born in Malta and raised in Canada, Galea (Dean, Boston Univ. School of Public Health; Healthier: Fifty Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health, 2017, etc.) has traveled the world treating patients in remote areas, experiences that shaped his impressions of what truly influences health and health care, two aspects of medicine that are often conflated. He underscores global statistical trends revealing that despite leading investments in health prevention, Americans still fall short on worldwide illness ratios. Galea faults a society that “is simply not oriented to keep[ing] us healthy” and seeks to gain a better understanding of how to achieve ultimate vitality and longevity. He offers a reassessment of the many elements of sustainable health and wellness, examining a wide variety of external, interconnected forces. While acknowledging that some influences—e.g., intergenerational factors and certain environmental conditions—are unavoidable, he intensively addresses the building blocks of sustainable health while putting allegories and pop-culture references to effective use. These key pieces include creating solid financial foundations, including the use of redistributive economic programs; resisting corruption in high-level political and corporate arenas; encouraging the establishment of tightknit community networks; cultivating emotional well-being; advocating for knowledgeable personal choices that resist negative influences from social media networks, advertising, and “social contagion.” Galea believes that all of these forces collectively affect the healthfulness of Americans and that each plays a role in fostering an important brand of preventative medicine that can be cultivated at home. He implores readers to take the steps to change their minds and bodies now rather than relying on medicine or chronically seeing doctors after we are already ill. While some areas of the author’s research may seem like wishful thinking in today’s world of greed, violence, and class inequities, his hopes for a healthier populace make for a compassionate, relevant book.

Sharp, optimistic, and factually supported encouragement to boost societal attitudes about the power of salubrity.

Nature Review

US citizens top world spending on health, yet have shorter ‘healthspans’ than people in other rich countries. Why? Cogently and often movingly, epidemiologist Sandro Galea argues that an obsession with drugs, doctors and insurance obscures the fact that the roots of sickness and health are life circumstances: money, status, education, environment and a range of other socio-economic issues. With the richest 1% living for up to 15 years longer than the poorest 1%, investment in public goods such as education, universal health coverage and environmental regulation is ever more urgent.