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The Body Economic by Sanjay Basu, David Stuckler

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CONCLUSION

Healing the Body Economic

What do we mean by our term “the body economic”? It is, of course, a response to the term “the body politic.”

Here is a standard dictionary definition of body politic: “a group of persons organized under a single governmental authority; a people considered as a collective unit.”1

We adapt that format for body economic: “a group of persons organized under a common set of economic policies; a people whose lives are collectively affected by these policies.”

The body economic signifies not just the financial systems of which we are all a part, but the health effects of economic policies. As epidemiologists, we study the patterns, causes, and effects of disease. When we think of the body economic, we seek to understand ...

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