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Two books co-authored by members of the faculty were favorably reviewed in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


VALHALLA, N.Y., March 2, 2011—The reviews are excerpted below, with links to the full article.

Health Care in World Cities: New York, Paris, and London
By Michael K. Gusmano 1 , Victor G. Rodwin, and Daniel Weisz
Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010

Gusmano PublicationResearchers of comparative health systems have a tough job. Unable to resist the attraction of learning from abroad but also necessarily dubious of the validity of systems comparisons having so many confounding factors, such researchers push deeper into the mine, trying to keep each new discovery in context…

In Health Care in World Cities, Michael Gusmano, Victor Rodwin, and Daniel Weisz have boldly undertaken an innovative level of comparative health systems analysis in this well-written, creative, and rigorous book. Specifically, they perform cross-national comparisons of health system performance at the level of 3 major cities: New York (represented by Manhattan as the core urban area), London, and Paris. Aside from providing the refreshing insight that health policy, like politics, is always local, the authors—who are well-versed in national health policies—manage to clarify how local health systems are influenced by these national policies. The focus on the city level follows the sound intuition that across health systems at the country level, comparison of inputs such as percentage of gross national product spent on health, processes such as access to primary care, and outcomes such as life expectancy may conceal within-country variations that paint a different picture. The book perhaps unintentionally seems to be making the comparison from the vantage point of the United States (the authors occasionally refer to “our” health system), but regardless, the findings are intriguing. …

David Chinitz, PhD, Reviewer
Department of Health Policy and Management
School of Public Health
Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem
Full text:
Book and Media Reviews
JAMA. 2011;305(9):944-945. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.232

1 Michael K. Gusmano, Ph.D is a senior lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and Practice.


Health Care Emergency Management: Principles and Practice
Edited by Michael J. Reilly 2 and David S. Markenson 3

Reilly/Markenson PublicationHealth Care Emergency Management: Principles and Practice, coedited by Michael Reilly and David Markenson, is a welcome addition to disaster management literature because it specifically focuses on preparedness for hospitals. With its 31 invited contributors, this collaborative effort combines the perspectives of nurses, lawyers, social workers, physicians, paramedics, and public health administrators. The book aims to meet 2 goals: first, to act as a reference tool for hospital administrators and clinicians; and second, to serve as a curriculum aid for courses in public health.

With 30 years of combined experience in prehospital as well as in-hospital settings and with expertise gained by their directorship roles in disaster medicine at New York Medical College, Reilly and Markenson designed their book to prepare hospital staff and emergency personnel for “unique, infrequent, but high-impact events” (p 112). Throughout, the authors return to the tenet that only through a systematic approach by hospitals and community agencies can a health care system successfully provide a functional answer to chaotic events.

Laurel R. Berge, MD, Reviewer
Department of Emergency Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University
Full text:
Book and Media Reviews
JAMA. 2011;305(2):203-204. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1982

2 Michael Reilly, MPH, DrPH, is assistant professor of public health practice, health policy and management.

3 David Markenson, MD, is professor of pediatrics and of clinical public health