Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stephen Kunitz

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780520049260

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520049260.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 16 September 2021

Changing Mortality and the Role of Medicine

Changing Mortality and the Role of Medicine

(p.179) 6 Changing Mortality and the Role of Medicine
Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience

Stephen J. Kunitz

University of California Press

This chapter argues that as the health care system increasingly confronts problems such as alcohol abuse and automobile accidents, the socialization function of medicine assumes greater importance and the medical role increasingly becomes one of defining a variety of social conditions as health problems. Social organization is linked to the hospitalization of the elderly. The role of medicine as legitimate labeler of problems has increased in stature based upon therapeutic successes in the past. There can be no doubt that social institutions profoundly affect the causes and levels of mortality and morbidity. There is also no doubt that in the twentieth century specific medical measures have been significant in decreasing some significant causes of morbidity and mortality, even in the face of little or no social change.

Keywords:   medicine, social organization, health care system, hospitalization, mortality, morbidity, alcohol abuse, automobile accidents

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.