The Gold Standard

The Gold Standard : The Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine

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The first book to explore the effects of dramatic changes in the delivery of medical care

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • Temple University Press,U.S.
  • Philadelphia PA, United States
  • English
  • 4 figures, 1 halftone, 4 tables
  • 1592131883
  • 9781592131884
  • 580,796

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"The Gold Standard provides a powerful argument that the scientific is inevitably social and that the meanings of the social in standardization, ironically, eschew being standardized. It is a timely and important contribution to the sociology of medicine and the study of professions." The American Journal of Sociology "a highly readable and comprehensive book . . I can recommend this book to everyone who is interested in the subject." Medicine Health Care and Philosophy; A European Journal "This book is helpful to physicians and healthcare executives who need to have a better understanding of the evolution and application of evidence-based medicine." The Journal of the National Medical Association "The Gold Standard is an engaging, well thought-out examination of a timely topic-evidence-based medicine. Timmermans and Berg raise taken-for-granted concepts such as power, objectivity, standardization, EBM and discuss them in innovative and complicated interpretations. The arguments presented here provide clarity on an important subject, highlighting the always interesting impact of unintended consequences." --Alexandra Dundas Todd, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University, and author of Double Vision, An East-West Collaboration for Coping with Cancer "The Gold Standard is an intelligent and well-written analysis of crucial developments in biomedical practice over the past century. Timmermans and Berg provide us with a comprehensive study of the growing movement to standardize biomedicine, calling attention to the risks and benefits for doctors and patients alike. This unique and important book should attract interest among medical sociologists, science studies scholars, bioethicists, health policy analysts, and all those who care about the practice of medicine today." --Steven Epstein, Department of Sociology, University of California, San Diego, and author of Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge "This book sets the standard for the study of standardization in medicine. Focusing on evidence based medicine's meteoric rise and influence, Timmermans and Berg go beyond the professional rhetoric to examine its impact on the practice of medicine. Well-written and replete with sociological case studies, this book is must reading for social scientists, physicians and policy-makers." --Peter Conrad, Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences, Brandeis University "It is rare to find a book that can serve both as an excellent introduction to its subject for people who have not previously given it much thought or study and also as an advanced reading for people who know the subject area well. Happily, The Gold Standard is such a book." --The Journal of Legal Medicine "This eminently readable book is recommended to healthcare industry personnel and to policy makers who would be interested in a thoughtful study of the political, ethical, and functional aspects of the standardization of clinical behavior." --Quality Management in Health Care

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About Stefan Timmermans

Stefan Timmermans is professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Death and coauthor of Saving Babies? The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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