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February 28, 2001

CultureCulture, Health and Illness

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001American Medical Association


by Cecil G. Helman, 4th ed, 328 pp, with illus, paper, $19.99, ISBN 0-7506-4786-8, Boston, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000.

JAMA. 2001;285(8):1075-1076. doi:10.1001/jama.285.8.1075-JBK0228-4-1

The demands on the medical profession continue to grow. As molecular biology and technologic growth expand the life cycle, national and worldwide issues engulf medicine.

The commodification of medicine, its increasing cost, the expanding uninsured, and the impact of globalization change policy and practice. Globalization, war, and worldwide poverty are responsible for increasing migration of individuals and families (including physicians) among all nations and continents. As physicians are trained in technology, their world view becomes more compartmentalized and dehumanized. But, the mindset of the patient is different.

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