Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by George D. Lundberg with James Stacey, 371 pp, $26, ISBN 0-465-04291-0, New York, NY, Basic Books, 2000.
Few people would seem more qualified than George Lundberg, MD, to write about the current state of US medicine. As editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) from 1982 until 1999, he oversaw the publication of articles dealing with almost every aspect of health care, from clinical research and clinical care to health policy and bioethics. Under his leadership, JAMA tackled controversial issues, including physicians' proper role in ending life ("It's Over Debbie") and the public's definitions of what constitutes sex (which led to his dismissal).
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