Doctors in a Strange Land: The Place of International Medical Graduates in Rural America

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Throughout much of rural America, areas that once knew few immigrants now depend on "foreign doctors" for their health services. Doctors in a Strange Land provides an in-depth analysis of rural America's reaction to, and acceptance of, the international medical graduates who have come to live and work in their towns. Leonard Baer's study draws on case studies of two small, rural communities to identify who the immigrant physicians are and investigate how well they have been received. His research findings reveal complex issues of race, gender, religion, and language that are of great significance to the ongoing national debate about the place of immigrant physicians. Doctors in a Strange Land builds on the words of rural Americans, and the doctors who treat them, to provide new ways of thinking about the increasingly important roles of international medical graduates in the American health care system.

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Wilbert M. Gesler
What shines through these pages is both an academic concern for practical research informed by theory and a keenly felt empathy with doctors. . . . Policy makers, community leaders, and ordinary citizens concerned about the role of international medical graduates should read this book if they really wish to understand the issues apart from the political posturing and media attention that surrounds it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739104934
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard D. Baer is a lecturer in the Department of Geography at Lancaster University, UK.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Overview Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Theoretical Framework Part 4 Case Study on Quincy Chapter 5 Background on Quincy Chapter 6 Mechanisms and Quincy Chapter 7 Context and Quincy Part 8 Case Study on Hamilton Chapter 9 Background on Hamilton Chapter 10 Mechanisms and Hamilton Chapter 11 Context and Hamilton Part 12 Conclusions Chapter 13 Conclusions

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