Strangers at the bedside : a history of how law and bioethics transformed medical decision making /
David J. Rothman.
[New York, NY] : BasicBooks, c1991.
xi, 303 p. ; 24 cm.
0465082092 :
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[New York, NY] : BasicBooks, c1991.
0465082092 :
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"Citations to Henry Beecher's 1966 article": p. 263-265.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 266-292) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-09:
In recent years, the medical profession has witnessed a progressive regulation of its functional autonomy. The origins of this circumscription and the concomitant changes in medical practice is the subject of this book. Covering a ten-year period from 1966 to 1967, Rothman (history, Columbia University) provides a historical analysis detailing the many facets of this transformation. The author explores aspects of this change that ranges from the laboratory to the bedside, from the development of new technologies to the derivation of ethnics and social policy. He concludes with a discussion of how the rise of bureaucratic medicine and the increase in patient autonomy have resulted in the doctor as a stranger. As an expansive and discerning work on the evolution of medical decision-making, it yields an enterprising look into the challenges that have shaped and are continuing to shape modern medicine. This clearly written volume is recommended for all academic audiences as a provocative resource in health care and health-care policy. Chapter references. -J. D. Campbell, University of Missouri--Columbia
Appeared in Library Journal on 1991-03-15:
Rothman, a bioethicist at Columbia University, traces the dramatic and profound changes that have taken medical decision-making out of the hands of physicians in the past half-century. His historical analysis, which covers medical research and human experimentation in the United States with a focus on the post-World War II era, is interesting, well written, and highly informative. Also fascinating is his recounting of the early moves toward government and bureaucratic control of medical research. This is not a case-by-case study as many bioethics books are, but rather an informed interpretation of why there are so many ethics cases in contemporary medicine to consider. Solidly researched and well documented, this book is excellent for collections in the social and life sciences, and valuable for general collections with lit erate, informed patrons.-- Mark L. Shel ton, Athens, Ohio
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