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Description - The Gold Standard by Stefan Timmermans

Few things make people react more strongly to the changes going on in health care than the word standardization. Critics shudder at the mindless sameness of standards, while supporters dream of a world in which standardized "best practices" open up a world of efficient health care delivery. The Gold Standard takes up this debate to investigate the real meaning of standardization and how it affects patients, doctors, and the institution of medicine. Showing that standards are not about less or more skills, or more or less uniformity, but rather about a redefinition of autonomy, patients, and relationships, Timmermans and Berg show instead that they are about creating new worlds of medical treatment. Cutting through the hype and fears, the authors show where the true powers of standardization lie. The Gold Standard will become a classic for students of medicine and health care policy, and will be a welcome book for anyone concerned with the future of our system of care.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781592131884
ISBN-10: 1592131883
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Temple University Press,U.S.
Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 13-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Stefan Timmermans

Stefan Timmermans (right) is Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University, and author of Sudden Death and the Myth of CPR (Temple), which was nominated for the C. Wright Mills Book Award. Marc Berg (left) is Professor of Social Medical Sciences at the Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and author of Rationalizing Medical Work: A Study of Decision Support Techniques and Medical Practices.

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