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Antonio M. Jr., MD Gotto and Jennifer Moon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702136

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702136.001.0001

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A Decade of Malaise

A Decade of Malaise

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(p.139) 7 A Decade of Malaise
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Weill Cornell Medicine
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Antonio M. Gotto

Jennifer Moon

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702136.003.0007

This chapter explains that the term “malaise” is frequently used to describe the 1970s, a decade generally remembered for its economic and political woes. The United States was plunged into a deep recession in 1973. Medical schools, hospitals, and the health care system were certainly affected. Health care costs escalated rapidly, and the public became increasingly aware of factors that were contributing to a rise in chronic conditions. University medical schools like Cornell University Medical College were forced to tread a fine line between charting a socially responsive course and maintaining a commitment to academic scholarship. By the end of the decade, the situation at Cornell had turned dire. Serious reservations regarding the quality of its students and faculty had emerged, relations with New York Hospital had taken a turn for the worse, and financial problems appeared insurmountable.

Keywords:   1970s, malaise, 1973 recession, health care, chronic conditions, Cornell University Medical College, New York Hospital

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