Epic Measures
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Epic Measures : One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients.

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Moneyball meets medicine in this remarkable chronicle of one of the greatest scientific quests of our time--the groundbreaking program to answer the most essential question for humanity: how do we live and die?--and the visionary mastermind behind it.

Medical doctor and economist Christopher Murray began the Global Burden of Disease studies to gain a truer understanding of how we live and how we die. While it is one of the largest scientific projects ever attempted--as breathtaking as the first moon landing or the Human Genome Project--the questions it answers are meaningful for every one of us: What are the world's health problems? Who do they hurt? How much? Where? Why?

Murray argues that the ideal existence isn't simply the longest but the one lived well and with the least illness. Until we can accurately measure how people live and die, we cannot understand what makes us sick or do much to improve it. Challenging the accepted wisdom of the WHO and the UN, the charismatic and controversial health maverick has made enemies--and some influential friends, including Bill Gates who gave Murray a $100 million grant.

In Epic Measures, journalist Jeremy N. Smith offers an intimate look at Murray and his groundbreaking work. From ranking countries' healthcare systems (the U.S. is 37th) to unearthing the shocking reality that world governments are funding developing countries at only 30% of the potential maximum efficiency when it comes to health, Epic Measures introduces a visionary leader whose unwavering determination to improve global health standards has already changed the way the world addresses issues of health and wellness, sets policy, and distributes funding.
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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 134 x 205 x 23mm | 275g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperOne
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062237519
  • 9780062237514
  • 370,932

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-An inspirational tale for everyone.---Publishers Weekly
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Medical doctor and economist Christopher Murray began the Global Burden of Disease study to gain a truer understanding of how we live and how we die. Leading one of the largest scientific projects ever attempted--as ambitious as the first moon landing or the Human Genome Project--the charismatic and controversial health maverick found a way to use Big Data to show that the ideal existence isn't simply the longest but the one lived well and with the least illness. Along the way, he and his colleagues challenged--and changed--the accepted wisdom of major aid groups, the WHO, and the UN, making enemies but also winning some very influential friends in their ongoing crusade to redefine how we see health and well-being.

Moneyball meets medicine in this remarkable chronicle of Murray's lifelong determination to understand the world's health problems, told with novelistic verve by acclaimed journalist Jeremy N. Smith. Encompassing wars and famines, presidents and activists, billionaires and billions of people worldwide living in poverty, Epic Measures is the story of one of the greatest scientific quests of our time--and the visionary mastermind behind it.
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