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Mama might be better off dead : the failure of health care in urban America

Author: Laurie Abraham
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Details the modern state of health care in urban America, spotlighting challenges that face low-income families in this part of the nation. Explains how the health care system has reached this point and considers how change can be wrought.
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurie Abraham
ISBN: 0226001393 9780226001395
OCLC Number: 32076911
Description: xi, 289 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: "Where crowded humanity suffers and sickens": the banes family and their neighborhood --
The rigors of kidney dialysis for Robert Banes --
Gaps in government insurance for Mrs. Jackson --
Fitful primary care fails Mrs. Jackson --
Mrs. Jackson's melancholy --
The inner-city emergency room --
One hospital's story: how treating the poor is "bad" for business --
Who's responsible for Tommy Markham's health? --
Jackie Banes's "patient" --
Empty promises: preventive care for the Banes children --
Robert Banes plays the transplant game --
The Banes family and white doctors --
Life-sustaining technology --
Amazing grace.
Other Titles: Failure of health care in urban America
Responsibility: Laurie Kaye Abraham.

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A consideration of the human face of health care. It centres on the lives of four generations of a poor, African-American family beset with the devastating illnesses that are all too common in  Read more...

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