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Understanding Healthcare Paperback – January 1, 2004

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Richard Saul Wurman With the publication of his first book in 1962 at the age of 26, RSW began the singular passion of his life: that of making information understandable. In his best-selling book, Information Anxiety, in 1989, (and then again in 2000 with Information Anxiety2) he developed an overview of the motivating principles found in his previous works. Each of his 80 books focuses on some subject or idea that he personally had difficulty understanding. They all stem from his desire to know rather than from already knowing, from his ignorance rather than his intelligence, from his inability rather than his ability, making the complex clear.

Along the way, RSW has received both M. Arch. & B. Arch. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1959 he was graduated with the highest honors, awarded the Arthur Spayd Brookes Gold Medal. He established a deep personal & professional relationship with the architect Louis I. Kahn. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

He has been awarded several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Graham Fellowships & two Chandler Fellowships. In 1991, RSW received the Kevin Lynch Award from MIT for his creation of the ACCESS travel guides & was honored by a retrospective exhibition of his work at the AXIS Design Gallery in Tokyo, Japan on the occasion of their 10th Anniversary. He received the Chrysler Design Award, a Doctorate of Fine Arts by the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Art Center College of Design and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston.

He chaired the International Design in Aspen in 1972, the first Federal Design Assembly in 1973, followed by the National AIA Convention in 1976, before creating and chairing TED (Technology/Entertainment/Design) conferences from 1984-2002 and currently the TEDMED conferences.

He is married to novelist and lyricist Gloria Nagy. He has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. He lives in Newport, Rhode Island with Max & Abraham (their dogs).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Top (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970368496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970368492
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Healthcare is an industry full of misunderstanding, mostly because there are so many facets to it, and comprehending all of them is a challenge, in itself

Wurman's book is a terrific guide, mainly because he comprehensively describes every facet of healthcare, but the genius behind this book is the fact that every facet is described both in text and through picture

Wurman has gone at lengths to provide us with many illustrations, statistics, and charts/graphs to illustrate all of his biggest points, regarding the healthcare industry today ----- in turn, the book takes very complicated ideas, but presents them in ways that are easy to read, see, and learn

Overall, its the best reference book to healthcare that I have seen, outside of books that are stricly meant for doctors or administrators

highly recommended!

HAPPY READING!!!!!
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By A Customer on February 25, 2004
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Richard Wurman has provided a set of tools that will make a visit to the doctor better. Information is provided in an organized and useful manner, empowering patients to stay in control of their health care decision making. Everyone should take this book with them on each visit, ensuring that you will leave the office with improved health (and a health plan more focused on your needs).
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I think I bought this book because I read somewhere else that the layout, the organization and presentation of the information was novel, new, perhaps intuitive. I found it very difficult to look at for more than 15 seconds and never tried to "read" it for information. I consider myself a fairly visual learner, but this book was beyond me. Perhaps another would have a different experience.
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purchased for a class I took. Just wish I could sell it back now that the class is over. Fair price for what I needed it for.
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By A Customer on January 26, 2004
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I was so delighted to see that Richard Saul Wurman and Johnson & Johnson had come together to create a book on one of the most important topics of our lifetime. Healthcare. This is a great book, full of lots of information and beautifully illustrated. I am sending everyone in my family one. Thank you.
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