A Crisis of Competence

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:
A Crisis of Competence

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This chapter discusses a crisis of competence which was precipitated by a malpractice suit and by gender and specialty conflicts. Although the details of this ethnographic account are particular to the medical communities in the Coast Community, the story is familiar to physicians and patients throughout rural America today. Therefore, even though the local crisis was a diagnostic and documentary event revealing the ideological and economic cleavages and the cultural conflicts among the local community of physicians and patients, it also exemplified the reasons why there was a national crisis in obstetrical care.

Keywords: medical malpractice; specialty conflicts; Coast Community; cultural conflicts

Chapter.  7221 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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