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American Medicine: The Quest for Competence

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good


What does it mean to be a good doctor in America today? How do such challenges as new biotechnologies, the threat of malpractice suits, and proposed health-care reform affect physicians' ability to provide quality care? These and many other questions are examined in this book, which fully explores the meaning and politics of competence in modern American medicine. Based on ethnographic studies of three distinct medical communities—physicians in rural California, academics and students involved in Harvard Medical School's innovative “New Pathway” curriculum, and oncologists working on breast ca ... More

Keywords: good doctor, biotechnologies, malpractice suits, health-care reform, competence, Harvard Medical School, New Pathway, breast cancer treatment, power struggles, organizational changes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780520088962
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520088962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, author