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Social medicine


One of the dramatic developments in contemporary sociology has been the emergence of the sociology of medicine. The sociology of medicine is not motivated by the weird view that disease is no longer due to biological causes, but rather, it employs the concepts and categories of sociology in the exploration of the social contextual events that surround and flow from illness. The accelerating rate at which articles and monographs in this area have accumulated in recent years has led to major attempts to assemble them, such as, Jaco's Patients, Physicians, and Illness (1958) and Apple's Sociological Studies of Health and Illness (1960).

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