Title: Prescribing under Pressure
Subtitle: Parent-Physician Conversations and Antibiotics
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Tanya Stivers
Hardback: ISBN: 9780195311150 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199756759 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 24.95
Antibiotics will soon no longer cure many illnesses due to escalating bacterial resistance. Still, physicians continue prescribing antibiotics for viral illnesses. This book examines parent-physician conversations, asking how small differences in phrasing affect prescribing decisions, and how physicians deal with the social dilemma pitting individuals against a greater social good.