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April 1, 1998

Social MedicineThe Social Medicine Reader

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association


edited by Gail E. Henderson, Nancy M. P. King, Ronald P. Strauss, Sue E. Estroff, and Larry R. Churchill, 516 pp, $79.95, ISBN 0-7223-1957-8, paper, $29.95, ISBN 0-8223-1965-9, Durham, NC, Duke University Press, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(13):1043-1044. doi:10.1001/jama.279.13.1043-JBK0401-5-1

The origins of this book, the editors tell us, are two decades of teaching "Medicine and Society"—a required year-long course in the Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine—to first-year medical students. The authors are faculty members in the department, and their varied backgrounds in public health, social science, and the humanities fit the teaching mission "to inform the work and thought of physicians and other health workers on the social conditions and characteristics of patients, causes of illness, and barriers to effective care; and the responsibilities of the medical profession and other medical institutions."

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