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Book and Media Reviews
September 22/29, 2010

Learning Lessons: Medicine, Economics, and Public Policy

JAMA. 2010;304(12):1386. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1380

Learning Lessons is a firsthand account of the health policy process written by Rashi Fein, who has been at the center of the policy making process for 6 decades. In this book he includes numerous stories of his experiences in Washington and advising policy makers from faculty positions at the University of North Carolina and Harvard as well as stints in Washington, DC. Often these stories are compelling reading and truly show how policy process operates. Tip O’Neill, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, once wrote that “all politics is local.” An addendum would be that “all politics is personal,” because often who one knows matters as much as what one knows. Fein has been one of those individuals who combine knowledge and access and has a compelling story to tell.

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