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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 19th century become a most prosperous one in the 20th 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-listen for anyone concerned about the future of our fraught healthcare system.

©1982 Paul Starr (P)2018 Tantor

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Fascinating Survey of Healthcare in Amerixa

This book was dense! By that, I mean it was chalk full of important and interesting information but a little challenging to get through at times.

I recommend powering through some of the slower points because they payoff is a wealth of information about one of the most important and confusing aspects of American Life.

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really expansive but really dense

I last read Dr Starr's book as a college sophomore. it was incredibly satisfying to read it again after practicing surgery for 25 years.

His scholarship and insightful comments are particularly meaningful to me. I strongly recommend this book to help gain an understanding of the context of medical practice in the United States.

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excellent.

excellent overview and analysis of why the US medical system is the way it is and why changing it is such a challenge.