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:

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This chapter addresses the link between competence and political economy and suggests ways of conceptualizing competence that bear upon research and policy in medical education, specialist-generalist relationships, and clinical narratives in high-technology specialties, such as oncology. And because the cultural authority of American medicine has a global reach, the chapter concludes with an international perspective on the meaning of competence. Two themes developed in the book bear upon the understanding of the culture and political economy of contemporary medicine and its relevance for health policy for the medical commons.

Keywords: political economy; medical education; clinical narratives; cultural authority; American medicine; health policy

Chapter.  3866 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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