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Why should physicians bother themselves with sociology in medicine? First, we are caught up in the unresolved contentious social revolution in medical care in the United States that was set in motion by the social legislation of the 1960s. Second, our ability to help patients cannot be predicted by a few neat physiochemical laws but depends also on a warring melange of social, economic, and psychological factors that vex and elude control.
The authors of In Sickness and In Health present a comprehensive, well-organized discussion of the social factors and growing pains of medical care. If there is one immutable
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In Sickness and In Health: Social Dimensions of Medical Care.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:661. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-5-661_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(5):661.
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