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June 7, 2000

Health SystemsThe Phantom Stethoscope: A Field Manual for Finding an Optimistic Future in Medicine

Author Affiliations

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


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JAMA. 2000;283(21):2850-2851. doi:10.1001/jama.283.21.2850-JBK0607-3-1

The development of the practice of medicine in the United States has traditionally been a process of evolution, usually slow but with occasional spurts, as truly revolutionary diagnostic and therapeutic innovations emerge. The business of medical practice has developed even more slowly.

Now the business of medicine has begun to evolve—some would say mutate, others, mature—in a rush, more quickly than most of us would have thought possible. A corresponding flood of books, essays, articles, and dialogue aims to explain what happened and where the business practice of medicine is and should be going. Most authors have a bias or a theory to promote. This refreshing book is a welcome exception.

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