Medical Work in America: Essays on Health Care

Jeffrey Michael Clair, PhD
JAMA. 1990;263(18):2520-2521. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440180132050.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


Those immediately attracted to this book will be medical sociologists and behavioral scientists. Eliot Freidson, as David Mechanic notes on the book's back jacket, "is one of the most interesting and best known sociologists and his thinking continues to have applicability to current and impending issues." Add to this praise the advertising summaries describing this book as a "series of essays that includes some of his classic work as well as significant new material," (emphasis added) and you have a demand for a fresh and timely book on critical biomedical health care issues. The facts are that this book includes mostly already published works with some new material, making it less attractive to social and behavioral scientists after an initial reading.

Oddly enough, health care providers and educators perhaps can offer the best critique of this collection of well-known medical sociology essays. Although the language of medical sociology is unfamiliar


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours




Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.