How do we understand health in relation to society? What role does culture play in shaping our experiences of, and orientation to, health and illness? How do we understand medicine and medical treatment within a sociological framework?
Health care today is more diverse than ever, and this diversity encompasses not just the range of personnel who deliver care, but also the settings in which they do so, the tools they employ, the tasks they accomplish, and the dilemmas they confront. There is a long history of addressing these relationships from a sociological perspective, focusing initially on the doctor-patient encounter in primary care.
The study of doctor-patient relationships has its beginnings ...