Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
A country's history and development affect many features of its daily
life, including the manner in which health care is made available. The United
States evolved predominantly from adventurous pioneers, free thinkers, and
political and religious refugees. Consequently, US society has developed into
one in which personal rights and freedom are jealously guarded, so that health
care is generally seen as a matter of individual choice about a private service,
limited only by ability to pay.
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