“Lots of the rhetoric coming from health care organizations these days advertises care that is patient-centered or personal or treats one as a person, not a disease. It sounds good, but what does this really mean? The Patient as Agent of Health and Health Care argues convincingly that it is the person/patient who produces their health, and the health care system can either help  or undermine them in their pursuit of health.  The book has important messages for both patients and health-care providers in their quest for truly patient-centered care.” Ed Wagner, MD, MPH, Director (Emeritus), MacColl Center