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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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Introduction To Part III

Introduction To Part III

(p.171) Introduction To Part III
American Medicine

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

University of California Press

Part III of this book explores the narrative strategies that are used by academic oncologists to join two different worlds in clinical work with patients. It examines another facet of the puzzle of the meaning of competence and brings the patient back into the picture to address how physician competence is socially produced through interactions with patients and through the construction of clinical narratives that join clinical science with clinical care. It focuses on the clinical narratives that integrate these two worlds of oncology and draw patients into therapeutic activity. Those who study the specialty raise questions about the tension and potential conflict of interests inherent in the two roles of the oncologist.

Keywords:   academic oncologists, clinical work, physician competence, clinical science, clinical care

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