Sociology / Anthropology / History of Medicine


Readings in American Health Care
Readings in American Health Care
Current Issues in Socio-Historical Perspective

Edited by William G. Rothstein

Readings in American Health Care is an introduction to the historical development and current status of a wide variety of health care topics. The readings, written by historians, sociologists, economists, physicians, nurses, and public health researchers, are organized in sections:

  • Basic Concepts: mortality trends, concepts of disease, changes in medical therapy
  • Public Health: AIDS, cigarette smoking, preventive medicine, fluoridation
  • Health Care Professions: cardiology, pathology, women in medicine, nursing, podiatry, midwives
  • Health Care Organizations: hospitals, HMOs
  • Mental Illness
  • Financing Health Care
  • Medical Education
  • Issues: abortion, ethical issues, cancer control, prenatal care, home care, the pharmaceutical industry
  • Background Readings: American medicine from 1920 to midcentury.

The readings were chosen especially for course use in history, sociology, public health, and related fields, but can also provide useful background reading for anyone interested or involved in American health care. Each selection includes an introduction, questions for the reader, and a bibliography. Scholars and students alike will find the book an invaluable resource.

William G. Rothstein is professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of American Physicians in the Nineteenth Century: From Sects to Science and American Medical Schools and the Practice of Medicine.


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This book is black and red and white with two images of hospitals, one old, one modern

October 1995  
LC: 95-012317 RA
426 pp.  7 x 9
ISBN 0-299-14530-1 Cloth $49.95 s
ISBN 0-299-14534-4 Paper $22.95 x

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