I suspect the "lower quality at lower cost" issue is regulatory. The FDA requires that new pharma (and soon will enforce this for devices) provides better outcomes than existing drugs. They do not consider costs. Generics are supposed to take care of that. So, no R&D driven company will invest in new med technology that is unlikely to be approved. Change the regulatory incentives and you may be able to introduce some new innovations.
posted by Carolyn Merkel
March 8, 2010
JSTOR, the online academic archive, contains complete back issues of American Scientist from 1913 (known then as the Sigma Xi Quarterly) through 2005.
The table of contents for each issue is freely available to all users; those with institutional access can read each complete issue.
View the full collection here.
An early peek at each new issue, with descriptions of feature articles, columns, and more. Every other issue contains links to everything in the latest issue's table of contents.
News of book reviews published in
and around the web, as well as other noteworthy happenings in the world of science books.
To sign up for automatic emails of the
American Scientist Update
issues, create an
, then sign up in the
My AmSci area