Demanding Medical Excellence: Doctors and Accountability
in the Information Age

dme-bookThe practice of medicine can be dramatically improved. The opportunities for consistent excellence are real, and they are within our grasp… While the destruction of the old ways of medical practice may be an unavoidable source of anxiety, the future of American medicine promises an era of better, safer and more patient-centered care.

Demanding Medical Excellence is recommended as a “core” holding in economics and health policy by the National Library of Medicine. It has been used as a text at New York City’s New School and the Harvard School of Public Health and at medical schools, business schools and in undergraduate courses in this country and internationally.

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Read an interview about the book with the University of Chicago Press.

Read a 2013 update, “Still Demanding Medical Excellence,” at The Health Care Blog.

Book Reactions

“Should be read by everyone who has a stake in the quality of American medicine—patients, physicians and policymakers.”
—Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D.

“An exciting and important story.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Highly readable. It’s more than your doctor is likely to tell you.”
—Boston Globe

“An involving, human narrative explaining how we got to where we are today and what lies ahead.”
—Philadelphia Inquirer

“Millenson, an erudite chronicler, has spun a fascinating tale.”
—Journal of the American Medical Association

“Detailed and thoughtful analysis of key developments inhealth care quality…A ‘must read.’”
—Annals of Internal Medicine

“Excellent and readable history of efforts to improve the quality of American medicine.”
—Congressional Quarterly

“An excellent discussion of the impact of technology on health care.”
—Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy

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