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Washington and Lee University    
 
    
 
  Dec 16, 2017
 
2017-2018 University Catalog
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SOAN 278 - Health and Inequality: An Introduction to Medical Sociology


FDR: SS4
Credits: 3

This course introduces sociological perspetivies of health and illness. Students examine topics such as social organization of medicine; the social construction of illness; class, race and gender inequalities in health; and health care reform. Some of the questions we address: How is the medical profession changing? What are the pros and cons of market-driven medicine? Does class have an enduring impact on health outcomes? Is it true that we are what our friends' eat? Can unconscious racial bias affect the quality of care for people of different ethnicities? What pitfalls have affected the way evidence-based medicine has been carried out? Chin.




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