Queen Of The Professions: The Rise And Decline Of Medical Prestige And Power In America by Charles E. McClellandQueen Of The Professions: The Rise And Decline Of Medical Prestige And Power In America by Charles E. McClelland

Queen Of The Professions: The Rise And Decline Of Medical Prestige And Power In America

byCharles E. McClelland

Hardcover | October 15, 2014

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American medicine is under serious attack. The health care system is falling short of its major goal, improving the health of the population. The United States ranks only 35th in world life expectancy. But where American medicine arguably remains at a pinnacle in the world - in the status, wealth and power of the profession of medicine -- physicians are in danger of losing first rank. As other professions close the gap, their top economic position is threatened. Slippage may be measured also by other, less quantifiable factors, such as the highest prestige of physicians among all learned occupations.Queen of the Professions: The Rise and Decline of Medical Prestige and Power in America is a colorful yet authoritative work of social history offering readers a sturdy platform from which to confront looming issues about the future of American medical care. Its unique perspective brings crucial context to current debates about modern medicine, exploring in entertaining detail its historical foundations and its present and future challenges.
Charles E. McClelland, PhD, is a social historian with a particular focus on the history of the professions. He is professor emeritus of History at the University of New Mexico and an associate faculty member of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. In addition to cofounding the Albuquerque...
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Title:Queen Of The Professions: The Rise And Decline Of Medical Prestige And Power In AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:214 pages, 9.29 × 6.38 × 0.83 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and PrefaceIntroduction: What Makes a Profession a Profession?Part I: From Healing Art to Scientific Profession: Medicine 500 B.C.E. to 1850 C.E.1: Swearing by Apollo2: The Levant: Saving Grace of the Middle Ages3: Physicians, Barbers and "Old Wives"4: Hospitals or Hospices?5: Gifts from the Sister SciencesPart II:The Making of a Doctor: The Evolution of Medical Education6: Acolytes and Apprentices7: Starting with Salerno: Europe's First Medical Schools8: From Sacrilege to Science: Dissection and Observation9: Three Paths Leading to Modern Medical Education10: Money Talks: Abraham Flexner's Reforms11: High Tech, Low Touch?Part III: Changing Concepts of Medical Ethics: When Values Collide12: A Sacred Trust: Roots of MedicalEthics 13: First, Do No Harm: The Introduction of Humanistic Values14: The Physician as Gentle-man15: Balancing Individual and Public Benefit: Experimental Abuses16: Gods No More: The Rise of Patients' Rights17: Collisions of CulturesPart IV: The Future of Medicine as a Profession: From Hippocrates to Dr. House18: Cures, at Last!19: The Conundrum of Insurance: Raising Income, Threatening Autonomy20: Expanding Access to the Physician's Role21: What It All MeansBibliographyIndex

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McClelland offers a sweeping history of Western Medicine and a social historian's perspective on why medicine's "professionalization project" - the drive to secure monopology, power, and prestige - seems to be failing as social forces undermine doctor's autonomy. This nicely-organized survey will appeal to anyone interested in the paradox that while the future of medicine is bright indeed, the future of the medical profession is uncertain at best.