The Public Voice and the Nation’s Health: Notes from Your Faithful but Beleaguered Participant Observer at the Battlefront

A professional layman speculates on the role of public voice in medical care-on ways of making organizations responsive to the public’s wishes. Research conducted as a participant observer in the functioning of human subjects committees, hospital trustees, and a government regulatory body reveals the public interest to be no match for the special interest. Unusual proposals are offered to improve the public’s control mechanisms; the marketplace and the polling place may yet serve well.

Author(s): Duncan Neuhauser

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Volume 57, Issue 1 (pages 60–69)
Published in 1979