Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Right to Health Care? by Richard A. Epstein, 503 pp, $27.50, ISBN 0-201-13647-3, New York, NY, Addison-Wesley, 1997.
Mortal Peril is the Don Quixote of free market economics. Like Cervantes' eponymous novel of a late 16th-century would-be knight errant, whose immersion in chilvaric romance led him to see windmills as threatening giants, reality as depicted in Mortal Peril is colored by immersion in microeconomic theory. Don Quixote's hapless heroic adventures were redeemed by his vision of righting injustice. The injustice that Richard Epstein identifies in the health care system is not the fact that more than 40 million are without health insurance. Rather, Epstein, professor of law at the University of Chicago, sees "mortal peril" in virtually all government regulation of health care.
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