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Loneliness, Health & What Happens When We Find Connection

‘Together’ book cover

The most important book you’ll read this year

Daniel H Pink, author of ‘Drive’

Fascinating, moving and essential reading

Atul Gawande

This book is a gift for us all

Susan Cain, author of ‘Quiet’

From President Biden’s nominee for US Surgeon General.

The world seems more connected than ever, and yet, even before so many of us went into lockdown, loneliness was at epidemic levels. But what effect is it having on us, and how can we treat it – even at a distance? Dr Vivek Murthy’s prescient book reveals the importance of human connection, the hidden impact of loneliness on our health, and the social power of community.

When Obama appointed him Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek Murthy observed the growing health crisis of isolation first-hand. In this ground-breaking book, he traces the roots of the problem, and shows how loneliness lies behind some of our greatest personal and social challenges, from anxiety and depression to addiction and violence. But he also reveals the cure.

His search led him to talk to doctors, scientists, parents and community members around the world. The solutions are deceptively simple and easily applicable – and the effects are transformative. And one thing is clear: real human connection is a medical necessity if we want to stay healthy, emotionally and physically. We can all create it, and benefit from it, and it is more urgent than ever that we start now.

Date published
352 pages

About the author

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Vivek H Murthy

Dr Vivek H Murthy is a physician, researcher, public health expert and entrepreneur. From 2014 to 2017 he served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. His writings have been published in leading medical journals, newspapers and magazines, and his work has been covered extensively in national and international media.