Sharon Kaufman - Ordinary Medicine

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 1:00pm

Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives and Where to Draw the Line is an ethnographic story about the dilemmas twenty-first century American health care poses. Centered on the intersection of medicine and our aging society, this book is about the structure and culture of the entire biomedical health care enterprise, from research funding for treatments, to what gets funded by Medicare. It reveals how the structure of the system determines so much of what happens to patients, doctors, and families and why it is so difficult to see the line between "enough" and "too much" medical intervention.

Sharon Kaufman, PhD is Chair of the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Her work explores topics at the intersection of medical knowledge and society’s expectations for health. Her research has examined: the changing culture and structure of US medicine; health care delivery at the end-of-life; the relationship of biotechnologies to ethics, governance and medical practice; the shifting terrain of evidence in clinical science; practices of risk assessment; and mistrust of science.

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Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line (Critical Global Health: Evidence) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822358886
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Published: Duke University Press - May 29th, 2015

Most of us want and expect medicine's miracles to extend our lives. In today's aging society, however, the line between life-giving therapies and too much treatment is hard to see--it's being obscured by a perfect storm created by the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, along with insurance companies. In Ordinary Medicine Sharon R.