Medical cultures

Authored by: Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good , Seth Hannah

Handbook of Cultural Sociology

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415474450
eBook ISBN: 9780203891377
Adobe ISBN: 9781134026159

10.4324/9780203891377.ch44

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Abstract

Social and cultural studies of contemporary biomedicine have flourished over recent decades, enriching our understanding as well as generating new questions about the vast domain of contemporary medicine. The social sciences have long and robust traditions analyzing the myriad ways that medical knowledge, training, and care are deeply embedded in social relations as well as imbued with profound and often soteriological cultural meanings (Good 1994). Our essay addresses culture and biomedicine, distinguishing between studies of “the culture of medicine” and studies of “culture in medicine.”

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