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The Logic of Care: Health and the Problem of Patient Choice

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**Shortlisted for the BSA Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize 2010**

What is good care? In this innovative and compelling book, Annemarie Mol argues that good care has little to do with 'patient choice' and, therefore, creating more opportunities for patient choice will not improve health care.

Although it is possible to treat people who seek professional help as cust
Paperback, 129 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Routledge (first published 2008)
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Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The ideal of individual choice has lately been enthusiastically embraced in health care as it tries to provide a counterweight to the overbearing paternalism that has characterized patient-professional relationships for so long. Furthermore, patient choice fits well with the drive towards market-based reforms to increase efficiency and competition and hence reduce the demands of a costly service system on cash-strapped governments.

Annemarie Mol's `The Logic of Care' is a wonderfully perceptive b
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Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is s fantastic book, but doesn't quite do what it says on the tin. For me, in here is a beautifully depicted phenomenology of care - it's meaning, experience and provision. It provides a language of care I didn't know I was lacking but now makes me look back in my own previous work with a strong sense of what I so obviously missed. However, in 'going native' with care, it fails to specify it's counterpart of choice in the same satisfying way, by comparison the logic of choice feels like a c ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Annemarie Mol. In this little book with little print (ironically small, given that its topic is diabetes and diabetes’s multifarious effects on daily life), Mol unravels two competing logics in healthcare: the logic of choice and the logic of care. But this isn’t just another screed against idealized rational actors and liberal distribution of responsibility. And it also isn’t a familiar elaboration of the softer side of caring, in the sense often described by care ethicists in philosophy ...more
Lonicera Namethy
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book, especially after getting through the first chapters. Mol, connects and builds on what 'good care' means through qualitatively engaging stories. This book allowed me to step into the shoes of people with diabetes and really understand how living with diabetes pushes one to create different kinds of rhythms in daily life. 'Choice' is attractive because it makes us feel as we are in charge, and in control. Mol challenges the omnipresence of choice and places it a ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Can't even remember if I have read an academic book worse than this. Not only the topic and opinions of the author, but also the writing.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent book. I love the style of Annemarie Mol. Such a good writer in academic topics, and that is always welcome and refreshing.
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Excellent book. Review coming soon on ...more
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