Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by John P. Geyman, 441 pp, paper, $49.99, ISBN 0-7506-7322-2, Boston, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002.
This is one author's "best effort to bring to bear the most credible evidence available to focus on the major trends affecting the US health care system, an assessment of its present strengths and weaknesses, and options for system reform and improvement." With 41 years out of medical school, 13 years as a rural family practitioner, 28 years editing family practice journals, and 14 years as chair of the family medicine department at the University of Washington in Seattle (where he is now professor emeritus), John P. Geyman is well qualified to review this broad and vital topic from the experienced physician's perspective rather than the usual politician's or health care economist's perspective. He has done an excellent, scholarly job.
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