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American Medicine: The Quest for Competence

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What does it mean to be a good doctor in America today? How do such challenges as new biotechnologies, the threat of malpractice suits, and proposed health-care reform affect physicians' ability to provide quality care?

These and many other crucial questions are examined in this book, the first to fully explore the meaning and politics of competence in modern American medic
Paperback, 278 pages
Published November 24th 1998 by University of California Press (first published June 19th 1995)
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Jan 24, 2016 K rated it liked it
Book chapters are the products of years of ethnographic observations and interviews in three locales: 1) a California coastal town experiencing the transition from doctor-owned practices to corporate owned managed care; 2) Harvard medical school during a period when a new case-based curriculum was being tested as a replacement to the classical lecture format; and 3) oncology practice in a hospital (I think). In each, Good illustrates how contrary to what one might believe, physician competence i ...more
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