As a medical school applicant, I would like to learn as much as I can about the field of medicine. A topic I see come up a lot on these forums is the loss of autonomy physicians are experiencing. I have been able to peice together some facts about this topic, but would appreciate someone compiling what they know into one coherent post. Things I would like someone to touch on are. 1. A brief history on how autonomy has been taken away from physicians, including what policies/organizations have contributed to this. 2. JCAHO-what exactly are they?( I really know nothing about this, but I am assuming they are contributing to this problem based on some of your posts) 3. Any other things you think worth mentioning 4. How is this problem getting better/worse? Thanks to anyone in advance who is willing to take the time to answer my questions.