"Extremely well researched and highly accurate in details...an outstanding piece of scholarship...should be required reading for all deans and hospital and medical center directors."
--Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., M.D., D.Phil., Cornell University Medical College
"Like a social anthropologist, Kastor aggregated all of his minute, detailed observations across three different sites to form some powerful, well-grounded conclusions regarding hospital mergers. This is both a refreshing and welcome change. . ."
--Rob Burns, Health Affairs, Volume 21, No. 1
"This beautifully researched and written book describes the conditions that led to mergers of some the the U.S.A.'s top teaching hospitals. . . ."
--American Journal of Cardiology
". . . a very important book. It is meticulously researched, balanced in its analyses, and exceptionally well written. It is a timely volume that will appeal to all academics and professionals interested in medicine and medical administration, as viewed from the perspective of this unprecedented epoch in American health care history."
--Pascal James Imperato, Pharos, Spring 2002
"In this detailed and very well written book, John Kastor dissects for us three important mergers of the mid- and late 1990s that involved six of the country's leading academic hospitals, which were closely allied to five distinguished medical schools. The details, and of course the people, differed, but each group believed that they could continue to do what they already did so well if they teamed up with a main competitor so as to face a hostile new world with greater strength. . . . [Kastor] was, as this book amply demonstrates, born to be an investigative journalist. . . . Suffice it to say that in many places the story is a gripping one."
--Gert H. Brieger, M.D., Ph.D., New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 47, No. 22 (November 28, 2002)
"John Kastor penetrates the mysteries and mythologies surrounding the mergers and unmergers of some of America's most important teaching hospitals. In a scholarly, lucid, and incisive manner, he identifies the cultures, costs, and environmental issues which make a difference."
--Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., President, National Institute of Medicine
"[This] book should be required reading for those in academic medicine and should be used in case studies of various business schools."
--Guy McKhann, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
"This is a fascinating history, a 'must read' for members of these institutions, anyone contemplating such mergers elsewhere, and officials charged with enforcing anti-trust laws."
--Alain C. Enthoven, Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management (Emeritus), Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
"A fascinating glimpse into the marital difficulties encountered in three prominent teaching hospital mergers. Kastor tells us a great deal about the underlying values and forms of academic medicine in his careful examination of these case studies in the difficulties inherent in the mingling of institutional cultures."
--Charles Rosenberg, Professor of the History and Sociology of Science, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
"In this 'thick description' of three extremely important mergers of university hospitals, Dr. John Kastor gives a balanced voice to all participants but pulls no punches in his appraisal of what happened and why."
--Victor R. Fuchs, Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor Emeritus, Stanford University