HARVEY J. MAKADON, M.D.; M. PATRICIA GIBBONS, R.N., M.S.
Relations between professional groups reflect their histories as well as the politics, economics, and culture of the times. Those between physicians and nurses are no exception. The current state of their relationship is best explained in the context of broader economic and social changes that have affected our health care system since the Second World War. Buoyed by a liberal philosophy and international competition for scientific superiority, the system had marked growth during the post-war era accompanied by parallel developments in the medical and nursing professions.
During this era, leaders in academic medicine took advantage of large increases in federal
MAKADON HJ, GIBBONS MP. Nurses and Physicians: Prospects for Collaboration. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:134–136. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-1-134
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