The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry
ISBN: 0465093027
EAN13: 9780465093021
Language: English
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Pages: 592
Weight: 1.11 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
Winner of the Bancroft Prize Winner 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.