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Epic Measures


Epic Measures

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    Available in PDF Format | Epic Measures.pdf | English
    Jeremy N. Smith(Author)

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.

Epic Measures is a fantastic read. --Bill Gates-A fascinating account of a charismatic visionary.- --Kirkus Reviews-A page-turner that could radically change the way you view health.- --Joy Portella, President, Minerva Strategies

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  • PDF | 368 pages
  • Jeremy N. Smith(Author)
  • HarperOne; Reprint edition (16 May 2017)
  • English
  • 5
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By Ankit Gupta on 22 August 2016

    I myself being from the world of statistics and analytics, found this book very interesting. The messages in this book inspire me and motivate me to pursue such highest level of analytics for such an epic cause for humanity.This book brings out the interesting story from an insider perspective, which otherwise general public may have been always unaware of. What does it take to counter big organization such as WHO and the misleading data that they used to publish to he whole world as the truth, where on the ground the reality is something else.The only reason to not give this book a rating of 5 is that it lacks more detailed facts about how were WHO's algorithms corrected by IHME. May be that will make this more technical. But am eager for such kind of a book/paper which actually explains the algorithms/procedures taken to conduct such data gathering studies and data adjustment processes.Great work Chris For the cause of humanity! And awesome work by Jeremy to bring together this book with simple and easy to understand messages.

  • By Athula on 27 September 2016

    Wow!, I am amazed what one person can do (where others, especially the WHO, failed -- or waste of money).

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