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"This well-researched, well-argued book touches on almost every American's experience, and it can provide insights to both scholars and educated readers looking for answers."

"Americans know that over the years, US healthcare has become sick: it doesn't treat patients well. Symptoms begin with the experience of mothers and babies at birth and end with the way we treat our dying. Lauren Hall brilliantly explains the problems and their causes, and prescribes treatment."

"Lauren Hall draws on historical evidence and political theory to provide a compelling analysis of how well-intended policy goes awry. She develops an outline of how American healthcare could be restructured so patients can regain control over their own experiences of birth and death."

"A gripping and scholarly account of how we lost control of two defining points in our lives and how we can get out of this medicalized quagmire. Highly recommended for health scholars and anyone who wants some insight into the tangled web of healthcare that ensnares baby and grandparent alike."

"In this compassionate analysis of the American healthcare system, Hall not only makes a compelling case for greater deference to patients and less medicalization, she also describes concrete reforms that would give patients a voice during some of the most important moments of their lives."

"Hall employs an interdisciplinary approach to examine the medicalization of life in America. She explores how our society remade birth and death from intimate, personal experiences. Scholars working in politics and history of medicine will learn a good deal."