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Inside the FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat is a thoughtful, balanced, and well-researched look inside controversial and troubled Food and Drug Administration. Author Fran Hawthorne is an experienced business journalist and her skills are evident here. Digging into the FDA�s...
In an excellent new piece for HealthLeaders, E. Preston Gee asks an fascinating question with wide ranging implications for health care: "What if the mass merchandising giants like Wal-Mart or Target got into the healthcare delivery business in a big way?" Highly efficient, consumer friendly, and tech-savvy companies like Wal-Mart...
There is ample evidence America has a serious problem with poor quality health care and high rates of preventable medical mistakes. Thankfully, there is no shortage of caring professionals motivated to improve care and the problems are solvable. As with any effort to improve performance, measurement is the first step...
Escape Fire is collection of compelling speeches by one of America's leading crusaders for health care quality and patient safety - Don Berwick, MD, founder and president of the Boston-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Each year, IHI hosts the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. The influential annual...
In Consumer-Driven Health Care, Regina E. Herzlinger, a leading health care thought leader and a professor at the Harvard Business School, provides a thought-provoking look inside a new, powerful force transforming America's dysfunctional health care industry. Consumer-Driven Health Care builds on her popular 1997 book Market-Driven Health Care: Who...
"The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back." So begins Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, the hillarious, fascinating, and, yes, sometimes gross new book by Mary Roach. As Ms....

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