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October 24, 1980

Readings in Medical Sociology

JAMA. 1980;244(17):1979. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310170075037

In his preface to this book of readings in medical sociology, the author indicates that he had two main goals in preparing this volume: to provide a companion volume to his earlier textbook, Medical Sociology, ed 2 (New York, Free Press, 1978), and to introduce students of medical sociology to the main research and relevant policy questions and methodologies in the field.

A number of "classic" articles are included, which undoubtedly appear on many medical sociology or behavior science reading lists. Compilation of these sources into a single reader to be used either in tandem with Dr Mechanic's textbook or as an independent instructional resource provides an integrative reference for the growing literature in the field of medical sociology.

An argument that is especially well developed by the selection of readings is the importance of understanding the influence that social and environmental correlates have on the etiology of disease and