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Spirituality, Resistance, and Modern Medicine: A Sociological Perspective 

Spirituality, Resistance, and Modern Medicine: A Sociological Perspective
Spirituality, Resistance, and Modern Medicine: A Sociological Perspective

Jonathan B. Imber

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date: 06 August 2021

This is an account of the enduring nature of tensions between patient-centered and social, now global, analyses that reflect the principal interests of sociologists in medicine and the health care professions. System-wide critiques have received the greatest public attention, but at the same time patient-focused accounts of physician-patient interactions offered new ways to account for problems of communication in the medical encounter. The system-wide critiques have increased over the decades, and the systemic reform of health care has become among the most politically controversial subjects in American life. But these debates conceal more than they reveal about transformations in the ways that the clinical encounter has been scrutinized and challenged by a focus on how patients experience illness and how doctors and nurses recognize their responsibilities toward culturally and religiously diverse populations.

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