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November 1, 2000

Medical Social Science: The Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;284(17):2249-2250. doi:10.1001/jama.284.17.2249

A handbook has come to mean "a source book more advanced than the ordinary textbook in a field but yet more focused than scattered periodical literature . . . representing the major areas [of the field] at an [advanced] level."1 Albrecht and his associates admirably fulfill this definition for the sociology of medicine. Three overarching themes govern its shape and the selection of authors: "social and cultural frameworks of analysis, the experience of health and illness, and health care systems and practices." Outstanding sociologists and anthropologists, mainly from the United States and Great Britain with selected authors from Canada, Australia, Germany, and Israel, contribute the original articles.