Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. by Jeremy N. Smith

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Read Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. Online Free - 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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ISBN : 0062237500
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Ernest rated it ★★★★☆

January 27, 2016

Epic Measures is a book simultaneously tells two stories. One story is about the importance of the data of disease in understanding how the world lives, what makes people sick where, which illnesses cause both the greatest individual and societal impact, with all its ramifications for global heal...

Vivek rated it ★★★★★

May 16, 2015

This book should be a required reading for all medical school students, especially those who thin the only way we can do good is by becoming super-specialists and practice high tech curative medicine. It tells the extraordinary story of Dr Chris Murray and his single minded quest to count the cau...

Tracy rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 25, 2016

I feel like an uneducated, uncultured heel for saying this book was "just ok". It was a true test of my patience to finish it. I appreciate the massive scale of the project - to truly and accurately measure global health. I am extremely impressed at the tenacity and grit of Chris Murray and his t...

Diane rated it ★★★★★

April 06, 2017

Given that Congress is in the process of deciding which health care bill will best serve Americans, Jeremy N. Smith's book Epic Measures One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. is a most timely read. Although we live in the "Age of Big Data" as Smith states, where we all have Fitbits to track our ever...

Katie/Doing Dewey rated it ★★★★☆

April 10, 2017

Today, the idea of being able to rank countries based on their healthcare and to know the main causes of death around the world seems normal to me. Amazingly, this was nearly impossible a decade ago. Chris Murray was shocked to find that WHO estimates of deaths from different causes added to more...

Marshall rated it ★★★★☆

August 29, 2015

Health data is one of the most interesting big data out there. The question of “Who dies of what” leads to so many possible explorations. Yet, prior to global burden of study, the health data from WHO were fragmented and incorrect. Bad data leads to inefficient decisions, and it hurts development...

Angie rated it ★★★★☆

April 04, 2017

This is only the first paragraph of the review. I thought it was much too long and looked a lot better on my blog. Here is the link: Readaholic Zone I hope you go check out the rest of the review. As an individual who is obsessed with medicine this book keep me mesmerized due to the brilliant and...

Ted rated it ★★★★★

April 07, 2015

Epic Measures: One Doctor, Seven Billion Patients by Jeremy N. Smith (HarperWave, 2015, 352 pages, $26.99/13.59) explores and explains the importance of “big data” in analyzing the state of world health, discovering the actual causes and relative importance of death, disease, and examining the bu...

Ann rated it ★★★☆☆

January 19, 2016

This is said to be The Social Network but about important matters instead. It is. The important matter is nothing less than worldwide health and how we measure it and measure the impact our efforts have on it. The work is absolutely important and the story is told in detail. But it's such a hagio...

Tiantian rated it ★★★☆☆

March 04, 2017

This book is probably one of those books that could've been a really long article instead. Nevertheless I gave it a decently-high rating, because it's on a really important topic: how we measure health outcomes has a dramatic impact on where we choose to allocate health resources. Measuring DALYs...

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