Simpson, Andrew T.
The Medical Metropolis
Health Care and Economic Transformation in Pittsburgh and Houston
Aims and Scope
The Medical Metropolis offers the first comparative, historical account of how big medicine shaped American cities in the postindustrial era. Taking Pittsburgh and Houston as case studies, Andrew T. Simpson traces the effects the changing business of American health care had on policy, privatization, and technological innovation.
- 288 pages
- 11 illus.
- UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS
- History; Business; Public Policy; Urban Studies; Business; Economics; Political Science; Public Policy; Books of Regional Interest
- College/higher education;
"Well framed and full of insights for audiences in urban history, business history, health policy, and the history of medicine, this book interleaves the soaring visions and sobering realities of two American cities that sought to promote hopeful social and economic futures by investing in not-for profit health institutions. By situating the uncontrolled growth of U.S. healthcare expenditures alongside deliberate local and regional plans to realize civic improvement through healthcare revenues, Andrew T. Simpson firmly establishes the role of place, contingency, and governance in shaping the seemingly ungovernable system that threatens to bankrupt municipal economies at the same time that it promises to save them."—Jeremy Greene, author of Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine
"Access to health care remains near the center of American political discourse. Based on two local studies, Andrew T. Simpson deftly explains the economic imperatives of postwar urban sprawl in molding the shifting relationship between medical centers and the communities they serve."—Guenter B. Risse, author of Mending Bodies, Saving Souls: A History of Hospitals