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Medical Licensing and Discipline in America : A History of the Federation of State Medical Boards

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Medical Licensing and Discipline in America traces the evolution of the U.S. medical licensing system from its historical antecedents in the 18th and 19th century to its modern structure, emphasizing a focus on public accountability and the policies, guidelines and practices of medical boards. In doing so, the book underscores the role of the Federation of State Medical Boards in facilitating state-based licensure and discipline and the promotion of quality health care.show more

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  • Paperback | 390 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739174398
  • 9780739174395

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Medical Licensing and Discipline in America is a superb book-insightful, well documented, and eminently readable. It interprets its subject within a rich medical, cultural, historical, and political context. I highly recommend it to anyone even casually interested in medical education. -- Kenneth M. Ludmerer, Washington University School of Medicine Johnson's and Chaudhry's timely and readable account of the history of the Federation of State Medical Boards from its inception in 1912 to the present goes far beyond what one might expect from a commemorative, centennial edition. In relating the Federation's role in the evolution of medical regulation, Johnson and Chaudhry provide detailed evidence to challenge the claims and perceptions of policy-makers, analysts, researchers, and commentators that state medical boards have been largely ineffective in protecting the public from incompetent and unscrupulous physicians. -- Carl F. Ameringer, Virginia Commonwealth University I enjoyed this well documented and well written success story. Men and women who dedicated time and talent to medical licensing boards will appreciate this unique fragment of medical history. -- Bryant L. Galusha M.D., former chief executive officer, Federation of State Medical Boards A highly valuable contribution to the literature on American medical licensure and regulation. Johnson and Chaudhry have painted a comprehensive historical portrait of the Federation-warts and all. A remarkable achievement. -- Norman Gevitz, New York Institute of Technology In Medical Licensing and Discipline in America, Chaudhry and Johnson have comprehensively captured the rich history and ongoing evolution of physician licensure in the United States. This volume will serve as a valuable resource both to the medical licensing community and to leaders within the profession itself. -- Steven J. Stack, Chair, American Medical Association Board of Trustees This compelling story-how the medical profession has supported and encouraged the state to regulate it, moving from a focus on quacks and frauds to today's focus on accountability for continuous professional development and improvement-provides a remarkable example of a profession committed to self-regulation bolstered by legally mandated accountability to the public. Comprehensive and authoritative, it follows the development of medical licensure from its 19th-century roots to today's broad system of professional accountability. I found it enjoyably readable, an important contributor to understanding the fabric of professional regulation in the United States. -- Donald E. Melnick, National Board Of Medical Examiners Historians of medicine who wish to engage with the past century of licensing regulation will find this a useful volume. Bulletin of the History of Medicineshow more

About David A. Johnson

David A. Johnson holds a graduate degree in History from the University of Texas-Arlington and serves as the Vice President for Assessment Services at the Federation of State Medical Boards. Humayun J. Chaudhry is a general internist and President and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards. He holds a graduate degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Authors' Note on the Text Foreword by Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., US Surgeon General Message from FSMB Chairman, Lance Talmage, M.D. Chapter 1. The Birth of Medical Regulation in America Chapter 2. The Roots of the Federation of State Medical Boards Chapter 3. Beginnings, Growth and Challenges, 1912-1929 Chapter 4. Stasis and Resurgence, 1930-1959 Chapter 5. Walter Bierring and the Federation's Early Leadership Chapter 6. The Push for Public Accountability, 1961-1979 Chapter 7. The Modern Federation Emerges, 1980-2001 Chapter 8. A New Millennium, a Second Century List of Acronyms Bibliographic Essay Appendices Indexshow more