With a focus on the social and cultural factors of human health and medicine, this guide is an essential research tool for information, resources, and networking in the academic and professional study of medical sociology and medical anthropology.
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Medical sociology and medical anthropology are two related disciplines that examine the descriptive and interactive relationships between human health, society, and culture.
Even though the precise mechanisms through which social and cultural forces affect health may not always be known, research suggests that human health is closely related to society and culture.
Both medical sociology and medical anthropology focus on exploring, explaining, critiquing, and interpreting theoretically and empirically all social and cultural aspects of human health and medicine.