Sociology | Social Problems and Policies. Topic: Medicine in America: Physicians, Patients and Their Problems
S101 | 6512 | Oberlin

2:30PM-3:45PM 	TR  OP 111

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? Whom does the
physician act as a "gatekeeper" to for 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 is the history of the
contemporary medical profession? What are "alternative" medical
systems (e.g., acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy) and why do
people use options outside "mainstream" modern medicine? Although
the course will focus primarily on the United States, comparisons to
other countries will be drawn upon as well.