What are your book recommendations?

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  1. Green912

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    What are some good books on the topics of:
    1. Managed Health Care
    2. Health Care Access
    3. Future of Health Care
    4. Money/Insurance and Health Care

    I've been reading about cells and chemistry for so long I don't feel like I have any knowledge about the politics of the health care system.
     
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  3. Vin Scully

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    Betrayal of Trust by Laurie Garret. She is more famous for her other books, but this is her latest and Its a good read (I finished on a plane on the way to my first interview and it gave me a lot to talk about)

    Politics of Health Policy...forgot the author, this is if you want to really get into the politics such as state and federal government activity.
     
  4. Mystique

    Mystique The Procrastinator

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    This isn't a book, but I found this <a href="http://publicagenda.org/" target="_blank">website</a> to be rather helpful. :)
     
  5. TommyGunn04

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    Here's a really great book we used in my "Sociology of Medicine" course: "Perspectives in Medical Sociology, 3rd ed." by Phil Brown. The book is a compilation of short essays written on most of the topics you asked about. Here's a description I got off Barnes & Noble:

    "From The Publisher
    Like its successful predecessors, the Third Edition of Perspectives in Medical Sociology?s central theme is that health and illness cannot be understood simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge. Rather, it is necessary to bring to bear a variety of political, economic, and cultural forces. Editor Phil Brown takes this focus on large-scale social structural factors?a macro-level approach to medical sociology?and links it with the equally important micro-level approach that explores lay illness experience and the interaction between people and their health providers. The 36 readings represent a broad range of research methods, data sources, and perspectives?from public health, medicine, and epidemiology to political science, history, and anthropology?reflecting the diversity of material employed by medical sociologists."
     
  6. Green912

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    Thanks for the info. It'll give me something to read when I'm laying on the beach next week. <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
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    WISC-ite Senior Member

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    "The House of God" by Samuel Shem. It is a must read.
     
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    Time to Heal by Kenneth Ludmerer: a very comprehensive examination of medical education in the last fifty years.
     
  9. TommyGunn04

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by WISC-ite:
    <strong>"The House of God" by Samuel Shem. It is a must read.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">YES!!! :D I second this one! We had to read this for a literature in medicine class I took last year, and then the author himself came to the class and discussed the book with us! He told us that, to this day, he's still not welcome at Harvard after writing such a "scandalous" book about the place! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> Anyway, it's a GREAT read!
     
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    I agree...people rave about House of God
     

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