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reTHINK (edition 2009)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0615307213, Hardcover)The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts There is a revolutionary way to solve important societal problems such as avoiding future epidemics, controlling healthcare costs and preventing ecological catastrophes. And, it can be learned in only thirty minutes. Its called "societally connected systems thinking", and it differs from the more familiar linear thinking in that it analyzes an entire issue rather than just its component parts. Using simple circular diagramming, problem solvers can tackle any issue by examining its causes and consequences, understanding patterns and emerging themes, and identifying leverage points where even minor actions can produce dramatic, positive results.
rethink examines seven critical, public issue—including epidemics, life extension, the militarization of space, health promotion and biofuels— in which Dr. Louria contrasts linear and systems approaches and proves the superiority of the latter. Every case study includes specific, provocative recommendations for solving or mitigating issues based entirely on systems diagrams.
;In this elegant book, Dr. Louria uses [systems thinking] not to predict the future but to help us anticipate it and thereby take steps to avoid its looming disasters." —Daniel D. Federman, MD, Harvard Medical School
"Whether presenting a look into the consequences of increasing longevity or questioning the value of commonly performed medical tests, rethink engagingly debunks conventional wisdom."—Philip B. Mead, MD, professor and chair emeritus, University of Vermont College of Medicine
"Dr. Louria demonstrates a way to resolve some of the more intractable problems facing America and the world today. "—Leon G. Smith, MD, past chairman, Department of Medicine, St. Michaels Medical Center, Newark, NJ
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