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' health-care systems (the US is 37th) to unearthing the shocking reality that world governments are funding developing countries at only 30 percent 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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©2015 Jeremy N. Smith (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
I enjoyed the main plot line of a relatively normal guy taking on a massive problem and coming out on top. However the content was a bit too tied to medicine and health and I got lost in the details and statistics at times. Maybe it would be clearer if read instead of listening to the audiobook.
This is a terrific book that is full of facts and figures yet reads like a greatly crafted novel. Just a wonderful book!
The narrator's accents were a little awkward sometimes.
The biographer painted a picture of Chris Murray that seemed to be a little too positive and extreme (especially when describing his childhood). The story of GBD and how our health data is (and was) collected makes this book worth the read/listen.
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