Sociology of Diagnosis (Advances in Medical Sociology) by PJ McGann, David J. Hutson, Barbara Katz Rothman

By PJ McGann, David J. Hutson, Barbara Katz Rothman

Prognosis is relevant to clinical perform, clinical wisdom and learn, medicalization dynamics, and healthiness and disorder adventure. Embedded in social kin, diagnoses replicate and form social dynamics and cultural matters. Diagnoses are fundamental to source allocation, shape the foundation for identities, and should develop into a focus of turf battles and contested authority. a few diagnoses are willingly embraced, while others are strenuously resisted. a few diagnoses come and pass as models; others persist. A sociological method of prognosis accordingly occupies a posh intersection of numerous subfields together with scientific sociology, sociology of information, psychological well-being, deviance, social regulate, sociology of technology, social activities, the physique, sexualities, gender, and future health and sickness. This quantity explores the breadth of prognosis and diagnoses via empirical studies, conceptual paintings, and theoretical statements from diversified views. Reflecting the multi-faceted nature of the rising box, the booklet is prepared in 5 sections: Frameworks, Context, Contestation, identification, and Social keep watch over. Sociology of prognosis hence presents either a kick off point for dialogue and capacity with which to prepare the nascent conceptual panorama.

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The doctor, as the agent of medicine, is accorded a prominent position on the hierarchy of expertise, and a mandate to exercise his or her authority, over that of say, other health professionals, in addition to over lay people (Freidson, 1972). The medical dominance articulated by Freidson is not, however, immutable. In 1988, Light and Levine argued that the power of the medical profession was already in decline as evidenced by the introduction of malpractice lawsuits, profit-driven administration of physician performance, and cost–management strategies in medicine.

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