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The Social Transformation of American Medicine

The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry

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Winner of the Bancroft PrizeWinner of the C. Wright Mills Award
Considered the definitive history of the American healthcare system, The Social Transformation of American Medicine examines how the roles of doctors, hospitals, health plans, and government programs have evolved over the last two and a half centuries. How did the financially insecure medical profession of the nineteenth century become a most prosperous one in the twentieth century? Why was national health insurance blocked? And why are corporate institutions taking over our medical care system today? Beginning in 1760 and coming up to the present day, renowned sociologist Paul Starr traces the decline of professional sovereignty in medicine, the political struggles over healthcare, and the rise of a corporate system.
Updated with a new preface and an epilogue analyzing developments since the early 1980s, this new edition of The Social Transformation of American Medicine is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of our fraught healthcare system.

The Social Transformation of American Medicine
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  • $16.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Medical
  • Published: May 30, 2017
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 592 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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