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March 1, 2000

FictionThe Aesculapian

Author Affiliations

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


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by Dan Cloud, 359 pp, $24.95, ISBN 0-913720-98-4, Savannah, Ga, Frederic C Beil, Publisher, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(9):1210. doi:10.1001/jama.283.9.1210

It's politics unusual as Dr Dan Cloud, president of the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1981-1982, gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the AMA in his first novel, The Aesculapian.

The president of the United States, David Chamberlain, delivers a stinging address declaring war on the health care system and so called "fat cat doctors" who have become rich from practicing medicine. Chamberlain sees socialized medicine as the answer. The AMA has but one chance to refute the president and convince the public that socializing medicine will stifle excellence and productivity.

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