Medicine Matters After All: Measuring the Benefits of Medical Care, a Healthy Lifestyle, and a Just Social EnvironmentBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7348.1282/a (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1282
- Andrew Moscrop, final year medical student
- Edinburgh University
Which should we spend more on: medicine, health promotion, or social reform? In this monograph, John Bunker attempts to show why the government should make greater investments in medicine in order to improve the nation's health.
But the author's aims are arguably less engaging than his methods. Selecting a handful of individual medical interventions and using data for disease incidence and intervention efficacy, Bunker calculates the decreases in population-level mortality and morbidity that …