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Book and Media Reviews
February 25, 2009

Total Cure: The Antidote to the Health Care Crisis

JAMA. 2009;301(8):888-889. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.192

It is no wonder that health care has again risen to the top of the nation's agenda. Health care costs in the United States are the highest in the world, outcomes are mediocre, and the number of individuals in the United States without health insurance is steadily increasing. The repeated failure of previous efforts to address these problems has created a continuing need for new ideas. Of the numerous discussions of health care reform, however, many are longer on diagnosis than on prescription. Total Cure: The Antidote to the Health Care Crisis is a notable exception to that tendency. After presenting a brief overview of the state of US health care, it turns quickly to developing an innovative reform proposal, and it does so in considerably greater depth than most similar books.