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Life Without Disease: The Pursuit of Medical Utopia

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7185.742 (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:742
  1. Stephen Birch, professor
  1. Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

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    William B Schwartz

    University of California Press

    California

    £17.95

    pp 159

    ISBN 0 520 21467 6

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    Schwartz provides a framework for understanding how the increasing potential of a disease-free existence can be reconciled with the pressure for containing costs in a US context. To understand where we are and where we may be headed, the book is divided into separate sections focused on the last half of the 20th century, the next 20 years, and the period leading up to 2050. Each section begins with a discussion of actual or prospective developments in …

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