“Mark Sullivan—psychiatrist, pain-specialist, and philosopher—brings a rare combination of talents to the central questions where does health come from, how is health produced, and what does being healthy mean?  His answers turn traditional ideas of health care upside down.   ‘It is the patient as agent,’ he argues, ‘who produces and enjoys health.’   The value of this extremely important book lies in its understanding of health as something that individual patients create through recognizing and exercising their own powers of agency.  If we get health wrong, Sullivan warns, we will surely get health care wrong.  This clear, thoughtful, detailed, remarkable guide will help patients and providers to get health right.”

–David B. Morris, author of The Culture of Pain & Eros and Illness