Emma Rothschild writes about a new French book on the economics of illness

  • L’Ordre Cannibale: Vie et Mort de la Médecine by Jacques Attali
    Grasset, 325 pp

One of the more mournful consequences of the economic crisis is the boom in the business of illness. This is in one sense a figure of speech. The economies of the West are evidently unwell: since 1973, they have been obsessed with the etiology of economic impairment, the electroencephalograms of unemployment and inflation. But it is also literally true.

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