Medical Leadership in an Increasingly Complex World


(The Journal of the American Medical Association)

by Robert H. Brook

July 28, 2010

Greece is going bankrupt. The euro is shaky. The oil inundating the Gulf Coast may eliminate one-third of the US seafood catch. In the midst of this chaos, the nightly news focuses on a medical breakthrough. At a cost of about $100 000, a man with metastatic prostate cancer can be treated with an infusion of his own cells and live, on average, a few months longer....

The remainder of this op-ed can be found at

JAMA. 2010;304(4):465-466.

This commentary originally appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association on July 28, 2010. Commentary gives RAND researchers a platform to convey insights based on their professional expertise and often on their peer-reviewed research and analysis.