Sociology | Social Problems & Policies
S101 | 20342 | Pescosolido

Topic:	Medicine in America:  Physicians, Patients and Their Problems

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 Asickness?@  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 Ahype@ about
stress?  Is mental illness a myth?  Who does the physician act as a
Agatekeeper@ 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 Aalternative@ medical system (e.g.,
acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy) and why do people use options
outside the Acanopy@ of modern medicine