- Hardcover: 616 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421416077
- ISBN-13: 978-1421416076
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,429,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Health Care in America: A History 1st Edition
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"A synthetic work that enlightens a complex historical subject, Health Care in America is logical, coherent, and very well-written. There are many books that touch upon the American health care system, but none that provide a comprehensive overview that covers the span of American history. This book, which represents the thinking of a mature and distinguished intellectual, will be of interest to scholars, students, and laypeople in history, medicine, policy studies, and the social sciences."(Gerald N. Grob, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, author of Aging Bones: A Short History of Osteoporosis)
"Burnham writes for a broad audience, and the prose is easily accessible to undergraduates."(Choice)
"Captivating and enjoyable."(Stanford Magazine)
"Burnham's thematic analysis of more than four hundred years of history is clearly presented, and his sweeping survey is illustrated with detailed stories and evocative images. Health Care in America is grand narrative in its finest form."
"This book will be most useful for advanced undergraduates, particularly students interested in the health-related disciplines, as well as graduate students interested in the long history of medicine. Burnham provides a great starting point for scholars interested in the broad meaning of medicine and the questions associated with health and healing."(Journal of the History of Medicine)
"Burnham accomplishes exactly what the general synthesis should: providing the reader with all of the basic, essential information, while simultaneously provoking questions addressed in more specialized texts. On that score, Burnham performs quite admirably, and, as such, I heartily recommend Health Care in America."(British Journal for the History of Science)
"Burnham’s volume will rightfully find a wide readership among historians and lay readers alike, and this ambitious, thoughtful, sweeping synthesis of the history of American health care is a welcome addition to the historiography of medicine in the United States."(Isis)
"... [Burnham] concentrates not so much on medical, surgical, or even administrative innovations, but on the social, political, religious, and economic reactions to these innovations. By thus seeing the development of American medicine in this broad context, he brings into sharp relief the interaction between the health care enterprise and those who either cannot afford health care or have inadequate access to it."(Watermark)
About the Author
John C. Burnham is a research professor of history at the Ohio State University, where he is also an associated scholar in the Medical Heritage Center. His most recent books include What Is Medical History? and Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age.
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Is 100% free of personal opinion or judgement (bias) therefore let my Progressive
Bias run free of the "evidence" Sewer logic it is. No different than an insurgent group
of Sewer sureons who decide that surgery cannot be performed 100% germ free
therefore they will do it in a sewer.
Burnham goes where the facts & evidence lead him & conclude what logic seems to support based on the facts. If you wish to read a valuable social history of Amercan health &
Medicine I strongly reccomend this book. It is a much needed update to Duffy's work.
Though Burnham was the master of a vast body of primary and secondary scholarship, he wrote the book in a lucid (if not flashy) style, which is able, along with his fine examples and apt illustrations, to take a general reader through nearly 500 pages of text. Burnham is careful and temperate, but he does have opinions, even putting in something of a good word for bloodletting and referring to medical marijuana as “oxymoronic.”