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Medical Sociology.

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Second Edition. By Mechanic David. . 597 pages. The Free Press, a Division of Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc., New York: , and Collier Macmillan Publishers; , London: , 1978.. Price, $15.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1979;90(3):478-479. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-90-3-478_2
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David mechanic did not intend that Medical Sociology be read cover to cover, even by its reviewer. Because the book is essentially an encyclopedia or reference book, I assessed its value by using it in just that fashion, with attention to sections in which I have a special interest or knowledge and to others chosen at random.

Using these bench marks, I found the book an invaluable guide to anyone researching problems in contemporary American medicine. The author, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, has put together a massively indexed work that in turn treats every aspect of


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