Cover: Medical Sociology at the Millennium

Medical Sociology at the Millennium

Published in: Handbook of Medical Sociology, 5th Ed. / Edited by Chloe E. Bird, Peter Conrad, and Allen M. Fremont. (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2000), Chapter 1, p. 1-10

Posted on rand.org 2000

by Chloe E. Bird, Peter Conrad, Allen Fremont

This book represents the status of medical sociology at the millennium. The chapters provide a broad understanding of what medical sociology is today and what challenges remain or are likely to emerge in the near future. In this chapter, the authors briefly consider the context of medical sociology by highlighting its institutionalization, its unique contributions to health and health care, changes in the health care system, and medical sociology's present and future dilemmas.

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