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Sixteen essays that explore a wide range of issues in the interpersonal, societal, and economic relationships of clinical medicine. Many physician readers may perceive some of the perspectives offered as hostile, but those who can remain open-minded will see the value of a look at clinical medicine by "outsiders". Medical sociologists should pay attention to the hostile perceptions of their field in many medical schools (as ascertained in a survey by Petersdorf and Feinstein). Practicing physicians may find the chapters on noncompliance and on doctor-patient negotiation of immediate usefulness. Everyone in the medical profession could profit from the discussion of
The Relevance of Social Science for Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:662–663. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-5-662_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(5):662-663.
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