The corrupting corporate influence on American medicine is revealed in the book “Collateral Damage: A Patient, a New Procedure, and the Learning Curve.” Read reviews.
I open my book about what happened to my wife at Hopkins with the observation that the hospital has a long tradition of prioritizing patients. I had based that upon anecdotes and observations. For instance, once I was listening to a Baltimore radio show about inner city health care and a woman called in and said that people of color in Baltimore knew all about Hopkins, and all you had to do was talk to some of the older folks and they could tell you stories about people who disappeared behind those walls without a trace and without explanation.
And now there is an excellent book out on that very subject, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot