Crime, law, and deviance

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Medical sociology emerged as a distinct subfield in the early to mid-twentieth century as sociologists brought their research skills to medical settings, studying doctor-patient relationships, the expansion of medicine as a profession, and the organization of medical systems, health care, and health policy. This chapter, among other things, explores how a primary focus on biomedical solution has potential to violate the "first, do no harm" axiom taught to health-care providers early in their medical educations. The growing comparative focus in medical sociology is useful for understanding points of convergence and divergence between national approaches to health-care delivery and the multiplicity of factors shaping a country's system. Along with international comparisons of health-care systems, it is essential to examine the rights of those individuals who remain on the sidelines of health-care policy. Removing barriers to good health for members of marginalized groups necessitates bringing attention to racism and sexism as features of institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Sociology and Human Rights
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781317258391
ISBN (Print)9781594518829
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


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