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November 18, 1998

Health Care ReformThe Quest for Mercy: The Forgotten Ingredient in Health Care Reform

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association


by Roger J. Bulger, 117 pp, with illus, paper, $10, ISBN 1-891524-01-1, Charlottesville, Va, Carden Jennings, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;280(19):1717. doi:10.1001/jama.280.19.1717-JBK1118-4-1

It would be easy to lump the The Quest for Mercy by Roger Bulger with the avalanche of articles and books that find fault with US medicine for its costs and lack of caring—despite the breathtaking pace medicine has set in developing effective methods of diagnosing and treating previously incurable diseases.

But important features of the book distinguish it from others. It is brief and, rather than an array of articles, is an organized series of essays. There are only three footnotes and no tables, graphs, or index. It doesn't even mention the title "primary care physician" and ignores, to a large extent—perhaps too much—the economics of medical care.

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