January 13, 1975

The Economics of Health and Medical Care

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago


edited by Mark Perlman (conference, Tokyo, April 1973), 547 pp, with illus, $32.50, New York, Wiley, 1974.

JAMA. 1975;231(2):199. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240140055035

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This volume contains the proceedings of a 1973 conference on health economics held in Tokyo and sponsored by the International Economic Association. Papers were presented by social scientists from the United States, Britain, Japan, France, Canada, Israel, West Germany, and Denmark.

The papers are presented under five general headings that were intended by the conference designers to establish some basic themes and a logical continuum of subject matter for the conference. As it turned out, however, the papers did not always fit neatly into the intended topical sequence.

The first section, "Economic History and the Economics of Health and Medical Care," contains two articles that attempt to provide an overall perspective on some general factors that have affected health and the health industries of modern industrialized nations. Part 2, "Problems of the Demand for and Supply of Health Services, and the Relation of Mortality to Economic Activity" and part 3,