<i>Medical Dominance</i>, now in a revised edition, provides a fascinating account of the medical profession's successful domination of a wide range of health care services. Evan Willis delves into the past to explain the existing division of labour and health care, the rise of the medical profession to a position of economic power within the health system, and their defence of that dominant position. Now completely revised and updated, this edition also considers the related question of the policy implications of medical dominance.<br><br>The defence by doctors of their position of power is highlighted by the author's exhaustive and original research into demarcation struggles between medicine and other health occupations, in particular midwifery, optometry and chiropractic. Conventional explanations of medical dominance are challenged by the argument that the role of developments in medical knowledge and in technology itself have been overstated. As well, greater account must be taken of the social relations and struggles which developed for control of that knowledge and technology.
1 Introduction 2 Theoretical considerations 3 The rise of medicine: the pre-scientific 4 Technical and political process in the rise of scientific medicine 5 The subordination of midwifery 6 The limitation of optometry 7 The exclusion of chiropractic 8 Conclusion Postscript: the politics of medical dominance.