Steven D. Pearson, MD
To the Editors: The issue of power lies at the very heart of Stoeckle and Reiser's timely and insightful article (1) tracing the recent development of authority and governance in hospitals. The coming of the corporation to medicine has stripped physicians of their power. This is also true in the management of ambulatory care, where the tremendous power of corporate administrators has threatened to reduce the human value of primary care to a technical product.
This trend has been accompanied by a rising tide of corporate values in medicine. Imperatives for organizational growth and efficiency, incentives to view medical practice
Pearson SD. The Ethos of Doctors and Corporations. Ann Intern Med. 1992;117:348. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-4-348_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(4):348.
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