See Michael D. Stein and Sandro Galea talk about their new book, Pained, HERE

Uncomfortable Conversations about the Public's Health

Michael D. Stein and Sandro Galea

A collection of essays on what matters in American health and what’s missing from our media-driven notions about what keeps us healthy.


How the world we live in – our neighbors, schools, housing, police, even cell phones – is a greater determinant of health than the medical care we seek when we are ill.


An essential primer for understanding the factors that underlie health in America so we can change our public conversations about health.

"Stein's powerful, evocative prose is not to be missed. He brings to his fiction the vividness and immediacy of a memoirist." - Library Journal


"Stein is a gifted writer and novelist whose prose is often poetry." - The Oklahoman

A physician and author with longstanding clinical experience and research interest in HIV care, opioid addiction, behavior change, and health communication.