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A superb book! By closely looking at the business of the doctor's office and the drug store over the twentieth century, Nancy Tomes shows how American medicine has become what it is today and why, despite a century of reforms made in the patient's interest, patients now constantly sign consent forms and still wish their doctors talked to them more. Remaking the American Patient is beautifully written and essential to understanding the current predicament of medical care in America.Leslie J. Reagan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and author of Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America
No historian other than Nancy Tomes could have succeeded so admirably in tracing the complicated path of medical consumerism through the major political and social developments of the twentieth century. A novel and highly readable account of the rise of the patient-consumer in the United States, Remaking the American Patient defines a new area of inquiry.