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Hospitals, Doctors, and the Public Interest

Edited by John H. Knowles

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674593244

Publication Date: 01/01/1965

337 pages

5 illustrations, 17 tables


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Derived from the 1963 Lowell Lectures on “The Hospital’s Responsibility to the Community,” this book, the only one of its kind in this country, deals with the immensely complex and urgent problems—social, economic, and educational—that confront our hospitals today. The contributors, all preeminent in the fields of medical administration or social welfare, discuss such timely and controversial topics as “Government and Hospitals,” “The Hospital as a Social Instrument,” “The Teaching Hospital: Historical Perspective and a Contemporary View,” “The Voice of the Consumer: Cost, Quality, and Organization of Medical Services,” “Private Health Insurance: Progress and Problems,” and “The Health Needs of Communities.”

In the editor’s words, “This book is intended for laymen, medical students, the medical profession, the political profession and the experts of other disciplines in the hopes that it will increase understanding and lead to considered and constructive action on all sides. Better understanding of the hospital…is necessary if the profession wishes to keep the use of this instrument in its own hands, and if the community wishes to see the best reflection of its humanitarian efforts.”

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