Suggested Outline for Course in Medical Economics
American medical colleges have responded to the growing interest in medical economics by developing numerous and various courses of instruction. This variety is probably inevitable in a field in which the content and boundaries are still so indefinite. Replies to an inquiry addressed to all class A medical colleges in the United States as to the character and extent of instruction given in this field listed the following subjects as taught: Medical Ethics, Medical History, Public Health Administration and Relations, Medical Jurisprudence, Office Management, Cults and Quackery, Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, Relation of Physician to Public, Psychiatry, Medical Insurance, Collections, Physicians'Investments, Birth Control and Contraception, Abortion, Euthanasia, Eugenics, Pastoral Medicine, Hospital Appointments and Medical Journalism.It is not suggested that all or a majority of the colleges included these subjects under the formal title of Medical Economics. Only a minority had any such course, but a large percentage of these subjects were included in the outlines of the comparatively few courses so entitled. The lines of division between the social sciences are notoriously indefinite and there is general and growing recognition of the need of synthesis in their teaching. Nevertheless the lines are sufficiently distinct to make possible a fairly clear
ORGANIZATION SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical AssociationDevoted to the Organizational, Business, Economic and Social Aspects of Medical Practice. JAMA. 1937;108(13):41B–48B. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780130161036
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