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Author Bloom, Samuel William, 1921-2006.

Title The word as scalpel : a history of medical sociology / Samuel W. Bloom
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 348 pages)
Contents Medical sociology before 1940. Origins : medicine as social science, public health, and social medicine -- American sociology before 1920 : from social advocacy to academic legitimacy -- Between the World Wars -- University of Chicago -- Regional and intellectual influences -- Medical sociology, 1940-1980. First steps toward social identity : effects of the war and its aftermath on medical sociology -- Postwar medical sociology : the founders at major universities, 1945-1960 -- Role of NIMH, 1946-1975 -- Becoming a profession : the role of the private foundations -- From ad hoc committee to professional association : the section on medical sociology, 1955-1980 -- Current status of medical sociology. Era of change, 1980-2000
Summary Medical sociology is now an established subdiscipline in both medicine and sociology. This book traces the intellectual and institutional evolution of the field in relation to antecedents of the past 2000 years. Drawing on his own experience as a participant and witness as well as from diverse fields, the author provides an account of the ongoing search for knowledge about relationship between illness, medicine, and society
Analysis Samfundsvidenskab Sociologi
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-333) and index
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Subject Social medicine -- United States -- History.
Sociology -- United States -- History.
Sociology, Medical -- history.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001037042
ISBN 0195072324 (cloth ; alk. paper)
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