The brain is a muscle, really. And like a muscle, the more you use it, the better it gets. You have to use it or lose it.
— Eric Haseltine, Neuroscientist and President and Managing Partner, Haseltine Partners LLC, 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival
We have the best technology, the best medicine, the best science, but we are really, really not taking care of the human spirit.
We buy a blender, we get a 100-page manual. Why is it that, when we get cancer, we have to figure it out for ourselves?
When technology takes center stage, we almost always lose the patient.
We need to think about health as something far beyond what happens in a doctor’s office.
—Judith Salerno, 2011 Aspen Ideas
To solve both the horrific crisis in global health and the paradox of escalating costs and decreasing health coverage in the United States, we need a unifying idea that provides moral grounding, a political basis for moving forward, and concrete standards for accountability. That idea is found in human rights—the right to health.
I think we’re overly obsessed about lawsuits. What’s the number-one predictor of lawsuits? Lack of relationships with the patients.
Unfortunately, most people who become [medical] school deans don’t get there by being innovators.
If you’re stuck, innovate yourself out of it.
—Siddhartha Mukherjee, 2011 Aspen Ideas
I believe sugar should be demonized.
—Gary Taubes, 2011 Aspen Ideas