I endorse Lawrence D. Brown's thesis that “misplaced concreteness” is a fallacy that “lay[s] at the doorstep of a particular type of organization problems that are properly ascribed to . . . the historical, cultural, and political forces that produce public policy.” I also agree that academic medical centers (AMCs) exemplify the fallacy. Brown writes, “That AMCs should summon a stronger voice for policies of social protection is hard to deny . . . [but] their preoccupation with a core curative mission powerfully discourages such policies.” In what follows, I augment his analysis by summarizing some of what I have learned from studying and writing about AMCs and helping to govern and administer one of them (Fox 1980, 1986a, 1986b, 1996, 2001, 2015).

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What Brown calls the “core curative mission” of AMCs emerged in the late...

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