After putting down this weighty (in all senses of the word) collection, the reader, be she or he physician or social scientist, will (or at least should) feel uncomfortable about her or his taken-for-granted commonsense (therefore cultural) understanding of medicine. The editors and their collaborators show the medical leviathan, warts and all, for what it is: changing, pluralistic, problematic, powerful, provocative. What medicine proclaims itself to be - unified, scientific, biological and not social, non-judgmental - it is shown not to resemble very much. Those matters about which medicine keeps fairly silent, it turns out, come closer to being central to its clinical practice - managing errors and learning to conduct a shared moral dis course about mistakes, handling issues of competence and competition among biomedical practitioners, practicing in value-laden contexts on problems for which social science is a more relevant knowledge base than biological science, integrating folk and scientific models of illness in clinical communication, among a large number of highly pertinent ethnographic insights that illuminate medicine in the chapters that follow.
Since the advent of managed care, relationships between physicians and providers have changed greatly. From roles as independent contractors, physician have moved into slots as paid employees of health care org anizations. With this shift, your legal risk as a provider increases d ramatically. Learn what you need to do now to assess your transactions with physicians to make sure that they comply with a variety of laws.
Presents a comparative, cross-national study of the occupational integration of Russian immigrant physicians settling in Israel, Canada, and the US. The first section focuses on the common features of the immigrant physicians. The next three sections evaluate the migration experience in each of the
Women traditionally have been expected to tend to the sick as part of their domestic duties, yet throughout history they have faced an uphill struggle to be accepted as healers outside of the household.
Recently, there has been a tremendous interest in the ethical issues that confront physicians in times of war, as well as some of the uses of physicians during wars. This book presents a theoretical apparatus which underpins those debates, namely by casting physicians as being faced with dual-loyalties during times of war. While this theoretical apparatus has been developed in other contexts, it has not been specifically brought to bear on the ethical conflicts that wars bring.
This volume analyses whether and how cost to the patient influences physicians' treatment choices and patients' decision-making process for pharmaceutical and primary care services, in seven different reimbursement systems in Europe: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK.
Paper edition, with a new preface, of a 1972 work. The author, a sociologist, explains how ...19th-century medicine did not disappear; it evolved into modern medicine...; and he discusses such topics as active versus conservative intervention, reciprocity between physicians and the public in adopt
Eleventh-century England and Persia are the backgrounds of this story of an orphan named Rob Cole, who is apprenticed to a travelling barber-surgeon and, discovering in himself a gift for healing, decides to study medicine with the legendary Avicenna.