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Book and Media Reviews
December 26, 2007

Who Owns Our Health? Medical Professionalism, Law and Leadership Beyond the Age of the Market State

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(24):2914-2920. doi:10.1001/jama.298.24.2918

Provocative titles for books and articles serve to attract the reader and, if effective, also suggest the main thesis of the book. Thomas Faunce, a senior lecturer in the College of Law and the Medical School at the Australian National University, has recently written Who Owns Our Health? Medical Professionalism, Law and Leadership Beyond the Age of the Market State. Can you guess the main thesis and the conclusions simply from the title?

The book examines whether the “dominant ethos of profit-making in health care is indeed compatible, in the long term, with one of community service.” The book examines the issue using “basic principles drawn from moral philosophy, bioethics, health law, and international human rights.” The book includes numerous literary references, particularly to Chekhov, Dickens, and other authors concerned about moral issues.

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