Severed Trust: Why American Medicine Hasn't Been Fixed
In this magnificent insider's account, George Lundberg explains how American medicine got into its current mess and offers suggestions for its resuscitation. Lundberg has spent 50 years in medicine, from pre-med student mopping operating rooms in a country hospital to editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association and now editor in chief of Medscape, a leading internet site.
Trained as a pathologist when medicine was changing from general practice to specialisation, he has worked in large and small hospitals across the United States, as a doctor in the US army, as head of pathology at a major teaching hospital, and as a professor at leading medical schools. For 17 years he edited JAMA, which he raised from trade journal to member of the international big five.
“Part of a medical editor's job involves getting into hot water,” he writes. He describes how, under his editorship, JAMA began theme