The Social Transformation of American Medicine. The Rise of a Sovereign Profession I'd love to see a second edition. Don't call me crazy fellow Health Law. The Social Transformation of American Medicine. New York: Basic Books. This content is only available as a PDF. © The American. This important, controversial book traces the rise and early fall of medicine as a “ sovereign profession” from colonial America to the present. It comprehensively.
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Title, The social transformation of American medicine: Paul Starr. Author, Starr, Paul, Extent, dpi TIFF G4 page images. E-Distribution Information. In this important work, sociologist Paul Starr analyzes the relations of the medical profession and society. The book has two separate divisions whose titles reveal their contents. The first part Starr calls "A Sovereign Profession: The Rise of Medical Authority and the Shaping of. Editorial Reviews. Review. "The definitive social history of the medical profession in America.
The dream was that reason, in the form of the arts and sciences, would liberate humanity from scarcity and the caprices of nature, ignorance and superstition, tyranny, and not least of all, the diseases of the body and the spirit. But reason is no abstract force pushing inexorably toward greater freedom at the end of history. Its forms and uses are determined by the narrower purposes of men and women; their interests and ideals shape even what counts as knowledge. Though the works of reason have lifted innumerable burdens of hunger and sorrow, they have also cast up a new world of power. In that world, some people stand above others in knowledge and authority and in control of the vast institutions that have arisen to manage and finance the rationalized forms of human labor.
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Are you sure you want to remove The social transformation of American medicine from your list? Starr begins with a discussion on how social insurance came about, how it evolved into a political issue, and why America lagged behind other countries with regards to health insurance. He then examines how the New Deal and the Depression affected and shaped insurance at the time.
The birth of Blue Cross in and Blue Shield several years later really paved the way for health insurance in America because it reorganized medical care on a prepaid, comprehensive basis.
Shortly after, health insurance emerged as a benefit received via employment, which reduced the likelihood that only the sick would download insurance and it reduced the large administrative costs of individually sold policies.
Commercial insurance expanded and the character of the industry changed, which Starr discusses. A lot has changed since then, but for a very thorough and well-written look at how medicine has changed throughout history in the United States up until , The Social Transformation of American Medicine is the book to read. This book is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, which in my opinion is well deserved.
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