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January 19, 2000

RegulationState Medical Boards and the Politics of Public Protection

Author Affiliations

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


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by Carl F. Ameringer, 176 pp, with illus, $39.95, ISBN 0-8018-5987-5, Baltimore, Md, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(3):404-405. doi:10.1001/jama.283.3.404-JBK0119-2-1

Politics, said Aristotle, is the architectonic science. Carl F. Ameringer would agree. Ameringer, a Maryland assistant attorney general turned Wisconsin public policy professor, has written an excellent study of the regulation of the medical profession, one in which political science considerations predominate. His account centers on the changing role of state medical boards from earlier this century to the present. Mr Ameringer has used his past experience in Maryland well, having researched and learned from the experience of that state's medical board over the years. The book is written in a readable style and, to this reviewer's knowledge, is accurate except for a number of minor errors (a single paragraph on page 52 misstates both the title of the American Medical Association's chief executive staff officer and the name of a Health and Human Services inspector general).

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