Collection : The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work

The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work explores the historical, social, political, and economic forces that shape health care work and organizations. Focusing on the work of professional and nonprofessional staff as well as family caregivers, the series illuminates how the culture of health care work affects the structuring of health policy and practice. In an increasingly global marketplace, the series also seeks to better understand the international context within which all health systems function. Looking at health policy and the health professions from a variety of perspectives, including first-person accounts, the series is aimed at a wide audience including those who work in health care, academics, policy makers, and professional organizations, as well as general readers.

Proposals and inquiries about the series should be sent to Suzanne Gordon (lsupport@comcast.net) or Sioban Nelson (dean.nursing@utoronto.ca)

Series Editors

Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist whose work focuses on the health care work force, political culture, and women's issues. She is author of Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines and Nursing against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care, coauthor of Safety in Numbers: Nurse-to-Patient Ratios and the Future of Health Care and From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public, editor of When Chicken Soup Isn't Enough: Stories of Nurses Standing Up for Themselves, Their Patients, and Their Profession, and coeditor (with Sioban Nelson) of The Complexities of Care: Nursing Reconsidered.

Sioban Nelson is Dean and Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Her books include, as coeditor, The Complexities of Care: Nursing Reconsidered and Notes on Nightingale: The Influence and Legacy of a Nursing Icon.

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Beyond the Checklist
What Else Health Care Can Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety
Suzanne Gordon, Patrick Mendenhall, Bonnie Blair O'Connor
Beyond the Checklist argues that lives could be saved and patient care enhanced by adapting the relevant lessons of aviation safety and teamwork.



The Question of Competence
Reconsidering Medical Education in the Twenty-First Century
Experts from the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands explore medical competency from different perspectives in order to spark thoughtful discussion and debate on the subject.



The Big Squeeze
A Social and Political History of the Controversial Mammogram
Dr. Handel Reynolds
This concise book chronicles the often turbulent history of screening mammography since its introduction in the early 1970s.



First, Do Less Harm
Confronting the Inconvenient Problems of Patient Safety
In First, Do Less Harm, twelve health care professionals and researchers plus two former patients look at patient safety from a variety of perspectives, finding many of the proposed solutions to be inadequate or impractical.



With God on Our Side
The Struggle for Workers' Rights in a Catholic Hospital
Adam D. Reich
In With God on Our Side, Adam D. Reich tells the story of a five-year campaign to unionize Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, a Catholic hospital in California.



The Caring Self
The Work Experiences of Home Care Aides
Clare L. Stacey
Stacey draws on observations of and interviews with aides working in Ohio and California to explore the physical and emotional labor associated with the care of others.



Fields of Combat
Understanding PTSD among Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan
Erin P. Finley
Understanding PTSD among today's veterans and how it is handled by the military and VA system.



Phantom Billing, Fake Prescriptions, and the High Cost of Medicine
Health Care Fraud and What to Do about It
Terry L. Leap
Confronting medical fraud and its economic, psychological, and social costs.



Out of Practice
Fighting for Primary Care Medicine in America
Frederick M. Barken
Confronting our failing primary health care system, finding solutions in stronger doctor-patient relationships.



Divining without Seeds
The Case for Strengthening Laboratory Medicine in Africa
Iruka N. Okeke
A forceful argument in favor of making diagnostic support a part of every drug delivery plan in Africa.



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