Reading List


The following selected publications provide insights into the past and continuing development of hospitals and health administration in the United States.  Most of these materials are available for loan from the AHA Resource Center collection.

Updated September 1, 2015

8 Decades of Health Care [Hospitals & Health Networks series], Chicago: Health Forum, 2007.

American Hospital Association. 100 Faces of Health Care. Chicago: Health Forum, 1999. (WX 11 AA1 O58)

Arndt, M., and Bigelow, B.  Hospital administration in the early 1900s: visions for the future and the reality of daily practiceJournal of Healthcare Management. 52(1):34-47, Jan.-Feb., 2007.

Austin, A., and Wetle, V.  The United States Health Care System:  Combining Business, Health and Delivery.  2nd ed.  Prentice Hall, 2012.  (W 84 AA1 A935u).

Barr, D. A. Introduction to U.S. Health Policy: the Organization, Financing, and Delivery of Health Care in America. 3rd ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. (WA 540 AA1 B268i)

Barsukiewicz, C. K., Raffel, M. W., and Raffel, N. K. The U.S. Health System: Origins and Functions. 6th ed. Albany, NY: Delmar, 2010. (W 84 AA1 R232u)

Barton, P. L. Understanding the U.S. Health Services System. 4th ed. Chicago: Health Administration Press, 2010. (W 84 B293u)

Beazley, S., ed. A Brief Guide to the U. S. Health Care Delivery System: Facts, Definitions, and Statistics. 2nd ed. Chicago: Health Forum, 2010. (W 84 AA1 U58h)

Eskes, C.L. and others, editors.  Health Policy:  Crisis and Reform.  6th ed. Sudbury, MS:  Jones and Barlett Publishers, 2008. (W 84 AA1 H434p)

Friedman, E. U.S. hospitals and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Hospitals & Health Networks Daily, June 3, 2014. 

Ginzberg, E. Tomorrow's Hospital: a Look to the Twenty-first Century. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. (WX 100 G493t)

Griffin, D.  Hospitals:  What They Are and How They Work.  4th ed.  Sudbury, MA:  Jones and Bartlett, 2012.  (WX 100 S673h).

Grinney, E. H. The Hospital. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1991.(WX 11.1 G868h)

Institute of Medicine. Crossing the Quality Chasm: a New Health System for the 21st Century.  Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2001. (WA 540 AA1 C951)

Jonas, S.  An Introduction to the U. S. Health Care System. 7th ed. New York: Springer, 2012. (W 84 AA1 J76i)

Kilpatrick, A., and Johnson, J., editors. Handbook of Health Administration and Policy. New York: Marcel Dekker, 1999. (WA 525 H236)

Kominski, G., editor.  Changing the U.S. Health Care System:  Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management.  4th ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2014.(WA 540 AA1 C456)

Kongstvedt, P. R. Essentials of Managed Health Care. 6th ed. Sudbury, MD: Jones and Bartlett, 2013.  (W 130 AA1 E78)

Kovner, A. R., and Jonas, S., eds. Jonas and Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States. 10th ed.  New York: Springer, 2011. (W 84 AA1 H376).

Larkin H.  Will we make history? How we got here: presidents and their health initiatives [sidebar chronology].  Hospitals and Health Networks.  83(2):20-25, Feb. 2009.

Longest, B. B. Health Policymaking in the United States. 6th ed. Chicago: Health Administration Press; Washington, DC: AUPHA Press, 2015. (WA 546 L852h)

Patel, K., and Rushefsky, M.  Health Care Politics and Policy in America.  4th ed. New York, NY: Routledge, 2014.

Ransom, J. Beginnings of hospitals in United States - Part I. Hospitals. 15(12):68-71, Dec. 1941.

Ransom, J. Beginnings of hospitals in United States - Part II. Hospitals. 16(1):74-79, Jan. 1942.

Risse, G. B. Mending Bodies, Saving Souls: a History of Hospitals. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. (WX 11.1 R596m)

Rosenberg, C. E. The Care of Strangers: the Rise of America's Hospital System. New York: Basic Books, 1987. (WX 11 AA1 R813c)

Schulte, M.  Healthcare Delivery in the U.S.A.  2nd ed.  New York:  Taylor and Francis, 2013.  (W84 AA1 S386h)

Shi, L. Delivering Health Care in America:  A Systems Approach. 5th ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2012. (W 84 AA1 S555e)

Shi, L., and Singh, D. A.  Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System.  2nd ed.  Sudbury, MA:  Jones & Bartlett, Mar. 5, 2009.  (W 84 AA1 S555e)

Slee, D. A., Slee, V. N., and Schmidt, H. J. Slee’s Health Care Terms. 5th ed.  Sudburgy, MA:  Jones and Bartlett, 2006.(Ref W 15 S632h)

Snyder, T. S. A Half Century in Retrospect [American Hospital Association].  Hospitals 22(9):56-66, Sept. 1948. 

Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development. FutureScan 2013: Healthcare Trends and Implications, 2015-2020. Chicago: Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development, 2015.  (WA 900 AA1 F996).

Starr, P. The Social Transformation of American Medicine. New York: Basic Books, 1982. (WZ 70 AA1 S796s)

Stevens, R. In Sickness and in Wealth: American Hospitals in the Twentieth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999. (WX 11 AA1 S845i)

Sultz, H. A., and Young, K. M.  Health Care USA: Understanding Its Organization and Delivery. 7th ed.  Sudbury, MD: Jones and Bartlett, 2010. (W 84 AA1 S954h)

Teitelbaum, J. B., and Wilensky, S. E. Essentials of Health Policy and Law. 2nd ed.  Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2013. (WA 33 AA1 T265e)

Weeks, L. E., and Berman, H. J. Shapers of American Health Policy: An Oral History. Ann Arbor, MI: Health Administration Press, 1985.

White, K. R., and Griffith, J. R.  The Well-managed Healthcare Organization. 7th ed. Chicago: Health Administration Press, 2010. (W 84 AA1 G853w)

Wolper, L. F., ed. Health Care Administration: Managing Organized Delivery Systems. 5th ed. Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 2011. (WX 150 H4337)


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