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American MedicineThe Quest for Competence$
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Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780520088962

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520088962.001.0001

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Engaging the Field

(p.1) Introduction
American Medicine

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

University of California Press

This book is about the meaning of physician competence in medical practice, medical politics, and medical education in the United States in the late twentieth century. Its central theme is an exploration of competence as a core symbol in the culture of American medicine and an examination of what competence means to individual physicians and to the profession at large. Rather than pursue a single ethnographic story or linear argument, this book approaches the study of physician competence as a puzzle to be assembled from several ethnographic and analytic perspectives. This chapter concludes with an analytic frame for disaggregating these multiple voices and for aiding the thinking about the social contexts and political purposes reflected in these distinct discourses on medical competence.

Keywords:   research, United States, American medicine, physician competence, medical education, medical competence

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