The Professionaliza/on of
What do we mean when we say medicine is a
What exactly is a profession?
How does the process of professionaliza/on
How has the posi/on of the medical
profession in U.S. chang
Instructors and Office Hours
Office hours begin February 1
Professor Stephen Hilgartner
(Lecture and Section 202)
Office Hours: Monday 1:30-2:30; Wednesday 12:30-2:00
Office: 304 Rockefeller
Ilil Benjamin (Section 201)
Part 3: Medicalization and Demedicalization (Feb. 24 Mar. 11)
Wed., Feb. 24
Peter Conrad. 1992. Medicalization and Social Control, Annual Review of
Sociology 18: 209-32.
Why a Sociology of Medicine?
Why a sociology of medicine?
Because society shapes both the biological and
the social aspects of disease
McKinlay and McKinlay (1977)
The concept of specic causes and therefore
the idea of necessary causa5on is an almost
dening characteris5c of modern medicine.
- K. Codell Carter
What do we mean by a cause of a
History of Medicine
Relevant to the readings
Demonstrate that youve read and thought
about the material
Long or short ques5ons can both be OK
Highly specic ques5ons
Big picture ques5ons
Examples from Students
Introduc)on to Sociology &
study of society
A system of ins*tu*onalized forms of social conduct,
composed of subsystems, ins*tu*ons, and roles
An ac*on space, composed of culture, economy, and