Former DNC chairman and presidential hopeful Howard Dean is bringing his medical background to bear in a new book on health care from Chelsea Green. Dean, who was an M.D. before entering politics, has signed with the indie publisher for Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Health-care Reform: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer. The paperback original is being crashed for this summer; it will be available in e-book formats on June 8 and in paperback on July 1 as well as available as an iPhone app.

According to Chelsea Green, the 144-page book "outlines a practical, pragmatic approach [to health care] as proposed by President Obama during the 2008 Presidential campaign, and the arguments the opposition will use to prevent a system that includes the 48 million Americans who are forced to live without health insurance." Margo Baldwin, publisher of Chelsea Green, added that Dean "has been a passionate advocate for reform for a long time and, as a physician, has a unique perspective on what is needed and what will actually work."