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September 26, 1977

Health, Medicine, Society

JAMA. 1977;238(13):1414. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280140092042

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It has become increasingly difficult for most physicians to appreciate fully the current ferment of activity in health-related aspects of the social sciences. This selection of 32 papers from the 1973 Warsaw International Conference on the Sociology of Medicine will serve as a useful reference work as well as a convenient entry point into a complex interdisciplinary field.

The volume is subdivided into five major sections: "Health in Society," which concentrates on recent socio-medical research in Eastern Europe; "The Transformation of Medical Intervention," which presents some interesting conceptual formulations of important social and epidemiologic problems in health care; "Sociological Insights Into the Health Services," dealing mainly with research questions, methods, and tentative results; a particularly well-done section, "The Health System," which clearly conveys the various issues confronting sociological researchers who are grappling with analysis and comparison of different provision systems; and a final section, "Teaching," concerned mainly with the teaching