Forbes June 20, 2024
Steve Brozak

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the most significant figure in healthcare for almost 40 years. But healthcare, and especially public health, is very often not science but the perception of science. That is the dilemma in his memoir, On Call: A Doctor’s Journey in Public Service. Understanding that quandary requires answers to two questions: What is Fauci’s real legacy, and what were his objectives in writing this book?

Fauci’s book title brings to mind the 24-hour “on call” medical rotations clinicians perform when treating patients, but the biography is not about the clinical approach to medical practice. It is really a guide to understanding the financial resourcing of medical research and how our perceptions of healthcare are formed.

Fauci describes...

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