Introduction to Part 1

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

in American Medicine

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780520088962
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922037 | DOI:
Introduction to Part 1

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Part I considers the meaning of medical competence in the worlds of practicing clinicians is considered through the lens of an ethnographic story. The story is about the evolution of relationships among obstetrical providers and transformations in obstetrical practice in one rural town in California, called “Coast Community,” over the course of a decade. Competence and risk became dominant themes as the malpractice and obstetrical crises evolved at both local and national levels. And as the new physicians brought to public awareness what typically had been regarded as suitable only for professional consumption, they often breached boundaries of traditional professionalism that had been protective of traditional medical hierarchies.

Keywords: medical competence; medical practice; obstetrical practice; Coast Community; California

Chapter.  1027 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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