Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. (2020)

Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. Jeremy N. Smith Epic Measures One Doctor Seven Billion Patients 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
  • Title: Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients.
  • Author: Jeremy N. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780062237507
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Hardcover
Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. Jeremy N. Smith 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 hoMoneyball 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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  1. Ernest

    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 health policy The other story is about Chris Murray, a doctor and economist singularly focussed, almost obsessed, with fulling documenting and understanding these questions with rigorous data not merely for i [...]

  2. Vivek Jha

    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 causes that cause premature death and disability around the world the foot that led to the concept of DALYs and later the Global Burden of Disease As GBD expert amongst hundreds others globally , I have been [...]

  3. Tracy Antol

    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 team His findings are enlightening and helping world health organizations accurately report and support health issues around the world I just felt like it could have been told in less pages With less repetitive [...]

  4. Diane

    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 every step, and you can pay 99 to have your DNA analyzed, it is remarkable that we don t have accurate statistics on what makes people ill and what they die from In 147 of 192 countries, reliable death certificat [...]

  5. Katie/Doing Dewey

    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 than the total of deaths Many countries didn t officially track births and deaths and many records reported immediate cause of death but not the ultimate cause of death head injury, but not that it was from a [...]

  6. Marshall

    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 on global health Epic Measure tells the story of how Chris Murray develops Global Burden of Disease project, now published on healthdata This book enhances my belief that good decision making is backed up by [...]

  7. Angie

    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 distinct new way, Chris Murray looked at the world s health problems by formulating the Global Burden of Disease Study Why had I not heard of this ingenious scientific study before I kept asking myself as I [...]

  8. Ted Lehmann

    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 burden of disease at it affects people s quality of life This important and illuminating book explores the causes of what it describes as the Global Burden of Disease, the accumulated knowledge of when, where, an [...]

  9. Ann Fisher

    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 hagiography, as even the subtitle One Doctor Seven Billion Patients suggests The author does admit that our protagonist, Christopher Murray, has antagonized a lot of people, but that s only because no one likes t [...]

  10. Tiantian Zha

    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 disability adjusted life years might be such an obvious idea today, but this book tells the stories of challenges and institutional resistance to implementing these metrics across the board, ranging from l [...]

  11. Carine

    Fantastic read for anyone interested in global health The story of Chris Murray, the single minded health economist s journey to create a map of global health problems what kills us, what ails us in a way that can unequivocally translate into policy and impact Reads like a novel.

  12. Paul Comeau

    Good read overall nice mix of both Christopher Murray s background, what he set out to do, and how he did it

  13. Teo 2050

    4h 2.5x Contents view spoiler Smith JN 2015 10 12 Epic Measures One Doctor Seven Billion PatientsEpigraphIntroduction Counting Everything When Everything Counts What you don t know can kill you A genius and a madman The human side of scientific revolutions.Part I Who Dies of What01 Murray, Murray, Murray, and Murray The navigator A childhood memorizing maps Do you have some water Medicament A deadly puzzle Both skeptic and true believer.02 The Third World and the Nerd World The Save the World cl [...]

  14. Jaina

    This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.First, full disclaimer as the daughter of a doctor and a physician scientist, I came into this book probably with inherent interest and familiarity with the world of research than the average reader will I found the book very interesting if slow and overly detailed at times you might just find it boring.But honestly, I don t know how anyone could find it completely boring It s a book about the development of a universal health measurement [...]

  15. Steve

    The fascinating story of how Chris Murray doctor, economist, adventurer, obsessive workhorse created the Global Burden of Disease research program, mapping the causes of injury, illness and death for every person in every country in the world.The fragmented nature of global health advocacy creates a strong tendency for aid dollars to be misspent As examples, take malaria and, say, lower back pain Aid groups for both have an incentive to overstate the importance of their cause, fearing an under a [...]

  16. Paperback Paris

    In Epic Measures, Jeremy N Smith narrates Dr Christopher Chris Murray s journey to discovering the what motivates the way people live and how they die In a nutshell, the essential thesis Murray raises in his scientific exploration is How do does one measure and improve how they live and die Smith opens his book with giving a bit of backstory on how Murray came to be where he is in his profession today We learn his parents both worked in medical fields and taught Murray a lot about it during his [...]

  17. Mayur Bhanarkar

    A masterpiece emphasising on the bigger picture of health care A must read for each and every medical student in India aspiring to become specialised doctors and all they think about this profession is having a superspeciality degree There s beyond saving one life being a specialist The tagline , ONE DOCTOR SEVEN BILLION PATIENTS is a true inspirational justification to the book.How it tells that spending the most of their GDP doesn t give you the topmost rank amongst all the countries with res [...]

  18. Nandita Damaraju

    A great read about a phenomenal effort to quantify the health of the world To actually accurately represent the health of the world in numbers is a not only daunting task, but is extremely crucial for policy makers and agencies for appropriately allocating resources A country could be spending billions of dollars treating cancers, when lower back pain probably causes the largest burden on the population I think this quote accurately sums up the book You could solve humanity s most pressing probl [...]

  19. Liza

    A fascinating story of the kind of crazy energy and commitment you usually only see celebrated in start up founders It was really great to have a story about someone changing the face of public health statistics but left me constantly anxious for the work life balance of Chris Murray s poor colleagues That said, what they have achieved is one of the few things that actually merits that kind of drive and intensity Interesting to learn about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation s connection, too. [...]

  20. David Wen

    Eye opening to realize that numbers that world organizations are basing funding on is deeply flawed It s a bit disheartening to see that private funding had to take up the effort to get this done but at the end it provides a platform for future efforts to address the problem I m sure it s than a coincidence that Chris Murray and Paul Farmer Mountains Beyond Mountains had crossed paths multiple times.

  21. Vahagn Aydinyan

    Learned a lot about global health The story is interesting but could have been a short article, not a book It s too long and boring.

  22. Dana

    Wonderful story, learned a lot about global health and what it takes to make real change, could have been told in half the pages

  23. Raihan Arlan Arnanda

    The book tells story about how health reform transcends medical and public health knowledge It requires persistence and political approach to achieve health reform There are several stories about the background of the reform but i expected there will be story

  24. Cynthia

    Epic is a good word for describing this tale The book recounts the epic efforts of the remarkable Chris Murray to transform what we know about health in the world today Murray, who published his first articles in medical journals when he was 13, had before his 20th birthday seen enough human suffering to know that something had to be done Aside from suffering, he had also seen the complete breakdown of information in the world of global health, from shipments of medicine that turned out to be ma [...]

  25. Jose Mari

    This book is a testament to how data, relentlessness, and intellectual capacity can overcome the most trying of challenges in the arena of politics and global public health Singapore and Japan are among the countries who have fared better among others They would normally appear in the top 10 in terms of health metrics Though if you can choose a country to be sick, France is on top according to the book It gave me a glimpse on the work of Dr Murrey who is probably the point person who made whatev [...]

  26. Lyn Lim

    Blew my mind away I was a little skeptical reading the book description and honestly expected to be just routinely checking this off my reading list But quarter way into the book and I was already hooked by the unconventional plot and the captivating characters Murray, Lopez Peppered with little stories of Murray s life that influenced him from a tender age to become the scientifically and outcome driven personality he is today makes for a page flipper The story of how Murray, discontented with [...]

  27. Emily

    Excellent plane read I read the whole thing between Detroit and LA Smith tells the story of the Global Burden of Disease study and the man behind it Chris Murray Murray has an insatiable desire to do good work that helps people and through what sounds like 4 lifetimes worth of work crammed into 1, he redefined the conversation about public health The study sought seeks to understand not only what people are dying of but also the ailments that affect us throughout our lives a revolutionary idea 2 [...]

  28. Reuel

    Well written account of Chris Murray s development of the Global Burden of Disease Study and the on going invaluable work of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation IHME in Seattle, WA that grew out of it By 2010, over 500 people from than 300 institutions in 50 countries were involved in the work research, data collection, statistical models, and evaluation Told from the framework of a biography of Chris Murray s lifelong determination to understand the causes of death and disability w [...]

  29. Andrew Jackson

    overview of global healthThis book is an account of Dr Christopher Murray and his leadership in developing the Global Burden of Disease I thought it was interesting, but could have covered the same ground as a long magazine article or kindle single It was a little too focused on one man and not enough on everything else The anecdotes and stories about Murray were not quite colorful enough to justify a full book on him.

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