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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Biomedical politics / Kathi E. Hanna, editor ; Division of Health Sciences Policy, Committee to Study Biomedical Decision Making, Institute of Medicine.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-04486-3

1. Medical policy—Case studies. 2. Health planning—Case studies. I. Hanna, Kathi E. II. Institute of Medicine (U.S.).

Committee to Study Biomedical Decision Making.

[DNLM: 1. Decision Making. 2. Health Policy—United States.

3. Politics—United States. WA 540 AA1 B52]

RA393.B48 1991

362. 1—dc20

DNLM/DLC

for Library of Congress

91-18394

CIP

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