In his book "reThink," preventive medicine and public health expert Donald Louria argues that “societally connected systems thinking” can allow us to solve problems where conventional methods have failed. By analyzing an entire issue through systems diagrams rather than its component parts, problem solvers are able to examine causes and consequences, understand patterns and themes, and identify leverage points. Societally connected systems thinking offers the perspective necessary to address the big issues of our time, such as healthcare, addiction, overpopulation, and epidemic disease. "rethink" examines critical public issues, offering specific, provocative recommendations for solving or mitigating issues based entirely on systems diagrams.
Donald Louria, MD, is one of the country’s most influential public health experts. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Medical School and has authored six books, including the bestseller "The Drug Scene." As chairman of New Jersey Medical School’s department of preventative medicine and community health and president of the New York State Council on Drug Addiction, he spearheaded programs for the detection and prevention of lead poisoning in Newark and conducted extensive studies on HIV prevention among a population of heavily exposed women.
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