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Book Spotlight: The Social Transformation of American Medicine

By August 7, 2012

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The Social Transformation of American Medicine is a book written in 1982 by Paul Starr about medicine and health care in the United States. Starr looks at the evolution and the culture of medicine from the colonial period (late 1700s) into the last quarter of the twentieth century. He discusses things such as the development of medical authority and how that shaped the medical system, the professionalization of medicine, the birth of health insurance, and the growth of corporate medicine, all of which are backed by research. Starr divides the history of medicine into two books in order to emphasize two separate movements in the development of American medicine. The first movement was the rise of professional sovereignty and the second was the transformation of medicine into an industry, with corporations taking a large role.

Read more about The Social Transformation of American Medicine and why it is an important sociological piece of literature.


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