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National Crises in Obstetrical Care

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520088962.003.0007
National Crises in Obstetrical Care

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This chapter examines national parallels to the local ethnography and the impact of the national crisis in malpractice and obstetrical care on the specialties of obstetrics and family medicine. The research texts for the national story are drawn from the medical specialty literature of the period. During the 1980s, obstetricians throughout the country protested the rising costs of medical liability premiums; physicians went on strike, withdrew from practice, and questioned the unprecedented rise in malpractice claims. Fears confined to the specialty of obstetrics. However, as in Coast Community, the tensions created by malpractice claims quickly spilled over to affect obstetrical care offered by family physicians and nurse-midwives.

Keywords: medical malpractice; obstetrical care; family medicine; nurse-midwives

Chapter.  9863 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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