The Social Transformation of American Medicine

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First edition

The Social Transformation of American Medicine is a book written by Paul Starr and published by Basic Books in 1982.[1] It won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction[2] as well as the Bancroft Prize.[3]

Capers Jones wrote, "Paul Starr's book detailed the attempts of the American Medical Association to improve academic training of physicians, establish a canon of professional malpractice to weed out quacks, and to improve the professional status of physicians."[4]

A second edition with a new epilogue by Starr was published in 2017.


  1. ^ Starr, Paul (1982). The Social Transformation of American Medicine. Basic Books. pp. 514 pages. ISBN 0-465-07935-0.
  2. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Winners: General Non-Fiction" (web). Retrieved 2008-03-06.
  3. ^ "The Bancroft Prizes; Previous Awards". Columbia University Libraries. 2007. Archived from the original (web) on July 14, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
  4. ^ Software Engineering Best Practices, by Capers Jones, page xxvi

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