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The Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America: Philosophical, Cultural, and Social Considerations

The prism of the postmodern thought of Foucault, Baudrillard, Lyotard, and Bauman provides a powerful heuristic to grasp the fundamental changes that have occurred and substantively changed the ethos of healthcare delivery, the patient-physician relationship, the physician-corporate entanglement, and the addition of multiple stakeholders in healthcare delivery.