“This is an important book. In his startling and fresh look at the health care enterprise, psychiatrist Mark Sullivan enters into a reconsideration of what health really is and concludes that health is about enhancing capability – the capability to live life in a way to enhance meaning and fulfillment, which can exist in the presence or absence of disease. Sullivan argues convincingly that accepting the role of patient, in its emphasis on passive adherence, limits peoples’ vision of health to merely minimizing pathology. His solution – restoring agency and personhood – compellingly recaptures and expands the true meaning of what it means to be patient-centered (or, better, person-centered). A pragmatist, humanist and deep thinker, Sullivan proposes how the health care enterprise can remove encumbrances that restrict health, as patients define it, on their own terms, so that individuals can become the subjects rather than mere objects of care.” Ronald M Epstein, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center, author of Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity