Low Income, Social Growth, and Good Health (Hardcover)

A History of Twelve Countries (California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public #17)

By James C. Riley

University of California Press, 9780520252868, 248pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2007

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This book studies the experience of twelve countries that have broken through the limits that low incomes so often impose on human survival: China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Oman, Panama, the former Soviet Union, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela. Most made impressive gains in life expectancy in the decades after 1920, and by 1960 nearly matched the rich countries in survival. James C. Riley finds that all of these countries enjoyed significant social growth, all invested in public health, and all gained the people's participation in the effort to improve their own lives and health. This innovative analysis suggests an alternative model of growth in which the measure of a nation's success is not its per capita income but the life expectancy of its population.

About the Author

James C. Riley is Professor of History at Indiana University. He is the author of Poverty and Life Expectancy: The Jamaica Paradox (2005) and Rising Life Expectancy: A Global History (2001).

Praise For Low Income, Social Growth, and Good Health: A History of Twelve Countries (California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public #17)

“Well written and carefully laid out, this book is accessible to a wide audience.”

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