Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Important New Book by Cousin Jeremy N. Smith


Jeremy N. Smith is the son-in-law of my triple cousin Bonnie McMullan, husband of her daughter Crissie. As Bonnie's sister Lois says, in the South if you are not kin you are connected. I am a cousin of Jeremy N. Smith's and Crissie's offspring. In the South, that means I can say, "Hey, watch out for Cousin Jeremy's book, folks."

From Amazon:

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.

Dear friends --

My new book, EPIC MEASURES, comes out two weeks from today. Please help the launch by pre-ordering the book and telling friends!

EPIC MEASURES is the true story of a 20-year, 500-scientist, $100-million moonshot attempt to track and quantify every illness, injury, and death for everyone on Earth: the biggest of Big Data ever. This work has already transformed health systems from Mexico to Australia, and it has also shown Bill Gates a way to invest his fortune for global good. Now it may help people everywhere -- all 7 billion of us -- know what really hurts us and what will best improve our health.

Kirkus Reviews calls the book “Fascinating.” E. O. Wilson calls it “Inspiring.” Paul Farmer says that it “reads like a novel and is better than any textbook or survey of this planet’s health.”

Learn more and find links to pre-order on my website:

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