The Word as Scalpel

The Word as Scalpel : A History of Medical Sociology

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Medical sociology is now an established subdiscipline in both medicine and sociology. This book traces the intellectual and institutional evolution of the field in relation to antecedents of the past 2000 years. Drawing on his own experience as a participant and witness as well as from diverse fields, the author provides an account of the ongoing search for knowledge about relationship between illness, medicine, and society.
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  • Hardback | 356 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 30.5mm | 385.56g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195072324
  • 9780195072327

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... deeply perceptive and richly documented ... Medical History
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PART I: MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY BEFORE 1940; 1. The origins: Medicine as social science, public health and social medicine; 2. American sociology before 1920: From social advocacy to academic legitimacy; 3. Between the world wars; 4. The University of Chicago; 5. Regional and intellectual influences; PART II: MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY, 1940-1980; 6. First steps toward social identity: Effects of the war and its aftermath on medical sociology; 7. Postwar medical sociology: the founders at major universities, 1945-1960; 8. The role of NIMH, 1946-1975; 9. Becoming a profession: The role of private foundations; 10. From ad hoc committee to professional association: The section on medical sociology, 1955-1980; PART III: THE CURRENT STATUS OF MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY; 11. An era of change, 1980-2000
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