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Escape Fire: Designs for the Future of Health Care

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1139
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    Donald M Berwick

    Jossey Bass, $30, pp 352 ISBN 0 7879 7217 7

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    This is a collection of 11 speeches that Dr Donald Berwick, cofounder and president of the US Institute for Healthcare Improvement, delivered to the annual meetings of the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care between 1992 and 2002.

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    Berwick is modest about his institute and his work, asking in the preface to this anthology, “With so much different, why do these speeches strike me as so repetitive? Metaphor after metaphor, list after list, story …

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