Medicine And Books

New Rules: Regulation, Markets, and the Quality of American Health Care

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1108
  1. Robert J Maxwell

    Troyen A Brennan, Donald M Berwick Jossey-Bass, £28.25, pp 404 ISBN 0 7879 0149 0

    Non-American readers will learn more from New Rules than they may want to know about the detailed history of regulation in the United States. But at times that history is fascinating, and the lessons that are drawn by Brennan and Berwick are undoubtedly relevant to us in Britain, as our accreditation systems begin to mimic those across the Atlantic, and the calls for regulation increase in the wake of any avoidable scandal.

    It seems a pity that non-American experience gets no mention. Among the pioneers of audit, Florence Nightingale deserves recognition. More seriously, the omission of the British-based development …

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