Table of Contents

1. The persistence of misery in Europe before 1900.
2. Why the twentieth century was so remarkable.
3. Tragedies and miracles in the Third World.
4. Prospects for the twenty-first century.
5. Problems of equity in health care.
Postscript : how long can we live? A compelling new study from Nobel laureate Robert Fogel, examining health, nutrition and technology over the last three centuries and beyond. It will be essential reading for all those interested in economics, demography, history and health care policy.