Doctors and patients, inter-professional rivalries, how sociologists might tackle the study of vital topics in health - all these are enduring themes in sociology and medicine. These are also the long-running intellectual preoccupations of Philip M. Strong's twenty-year contribution to the field - one which he did much to shape. Posthumously gathered together for the first time in this volume, are twelve of his major essays, many of which are difficult to find or have been out of print for some years. Grouped by theme, this important reference allows the reader to trace the development of Strong's thought over his career as well as the more general development of medical sociology as a whole.
Contents: Preface, Anne Murcott; Part 1 Doctors, Patients and Encounters: Aren't children wonderful?: the allocation of identity in developmental assessment; The management of therapeutic encounters with young children; Minor courtesies and macro structures; 2 types of ceremonial order. Part 2 Professional Place, Occupational Boundary: Sociological imperialism and the profession of medicine - a critical examination of the thesis of medical imperialism; The rivals: an essay on the sociological trades; The academic encirclement of medicine?; Doctors and nurses. Part 3 Models, Methods and Methodologies: A methodological appendix to The Ceremonial Order of the Clinic; Natural science and medicine: social science and medicine: some methodological controversies; Epidemic psychology: a model; One branch of moral science: an early modern approach to public policy; Bibliography; References; Index.