The Practice of Uncertainty: Voices of Physicians and Patients in Medical Malpractice Claims

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ILLUSTRATIONS
Chart 1.1 Claims per Hundred Physicians in the United States12
Chart 1.2 Liability Premiums as a Percent of Revenue16
Chart 2.1 Value of New Hospital Construction (millions of '87 dollars)28
Chart 2.2 Claims per Hundred Physicians by Specialty33
Chart 3.1 Proportion of Claims Reported by Type of Procedure51
Figure 1.1 Structural and Individual Factors Influencing Malpractice Claims20
Figure 3.1 Estimated Number of Hospital Outcomes in New York State: 198453
Figure 9.1 Biomedical Model182
Figure 9.2 Sociomedical Model183
Table 1.1 Appellate Court Malpractice Decisions, 1790-19502
Table 1.2 The Top Five Reporting States and Practitioner Types17

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface and Acknowledgments xv
  • People Interviewed xvii
  • Notes xxiii
  • 1 - Historical and Social Background 1
  • 2 - Setting the Contemporary Stage 25
  • Notes 43
  • 3 - System Accidents 49
  • Notes 66
  • 4 - Uncertainty -- Which Diagnosis and Treatment? 69
  • Summary 81
  • 5 - We Were Going to Be Society's Heroes 83
  • Summary and Discussion 98
  • 6 - Am I the Same? 103
  • 7 - Gender and Telling the Story 123
  • Summary 144
  • 8 - The Defense of Wealth 147
  • Notes 168
  • 9 - Implications 171
  • Notes 196
  • Appendix - Theory and Method 199
  • Notes 208
  • Bibliography 211
  • Index 225
  • About the Author 231
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