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‘How We Do Harm’ by Otis Webb Brawley

Much is wrong with our health care system. Despite being the most costly in the world, many of its outcomes are surprisingly mediocre. The United States ranks 50th in the world in life expectancy, and 45th in infant mortality. Canada, by contrast, spends half of what we do but comes in 12th in life expectancy and 40th in infant mortality, respectively.

Dr. Otis Webb Brawley is an oncologist at a large public hospital in Atlanta and has been chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society since 2007. He is very disillusioned by what he sees as the enormous disparities in both access to and the quality of medical care in this country.

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