Sociology | Social Problems & Policies
S101 | 21004 | Pescosolido

Topic:	Medicine in America:  Physicians, Patients and Their

This course explores basic questions on a wide range of topics
dealing with the providers of care, the recipients of care and the
larger context in which both face problem of health, illness and
disease.  What is “sickness?”  Who is most likely to fall ill?  What
are the health problems that will face us in the future?  How do
ethnicity and social class filter perceptions of pain?  What is all
the “hype” about stress?  Is mental illness a myth?  Who does the
physician act as a “gatekeeper” to medical care?  How do individuals
seek care and to what extent are they coerced into care?  How are
these decisions shaped by the society in which we live and in other
past and contemporary societies?  What are “alternative” medical
system (e.g., acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy) and why do
people use options outside the “canopy” of modern medicine?