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.
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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.
Goldstein Medical Pluralism Power, at the most rudimentary personal level, originates in dependence, and the power of the professions primarily originates in dependence upon their knowledge and competence. In some cases, this dependence may be entirely subjective, but no matter: Psychological dependence is as real in its consequences as any other kind. Indeed, what makes dependence on the professions so distinctive today is that their interpretations often govern our understanding of the world and our own experience.
To most of us, this power seems legitimate: When professionals claim to be authoritative about the nature of reality, whether it is the structure of the atom, the ego, or the universe, we generally defer to their judgment.
Wailoo Science Pescosolido and Martin Cultural Authority The medical profession has had an especially persuasive claim to authority.
Unlike the law and the clergy, it enjoys close bonds with modern science, and at least for most of the last century, scientific knowledge has held a privileged status in the hierarchy of belief. Even among the sciences, medicine If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE.
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The research is exhaustive. The first examines the emergence of the sovereignty of the profession and the second records its transition to an industry. This book contributes to an adequate understanding of the present, and offers insights into the future.
The political history, philosophy, and compromise behind the current rule of group health practice is analyzed with perception and objectivity. William L.
Although most observers have moved away from strict reliance on market forces in health care, the authors prescribe a new approach for market reforms based on incentives.
Cost containment is their single major priority. Accessibility, quality, and equity are given little attention in the face of cost problems.
A strong argument is made that federal policies addressing the first three problems have been largely responsible for the last one. This volume makes an excellent case for incentives and describes their potential benefit.