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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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A Crisis of Competence

A Crisis of Competence

(p.72) Chapter Four A Crisis of Competence
American Medicine

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

University of California Press

This chapter discusses a crisis of competence which was precipitated by a malpractice suit and by gender and specialty conflicts. Although the details of this ethnographic account are particular to the medical communities in the Coast Community, the story is familiar to physicians and patients throughout rural America today. Therefore, even though the local crisis was a diagnostic and documentary event revealing the ideological and economic cleavages and the cultural conflicts among the local community of physicians and patients, it also exemplified the reasons why there was a national crisis in obstetrical care.

Keywords:   medical malpractice, specialty conflicts, Coast Community, cultural conflicts

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