Legitimationsprobleme der Medizin

Schluchter, Wolfgang
October 1974
Zeitschrift für Soziologie;okt1974, Vol. 3 Issue 4, p375
Academic Journal
TALCOTT PARSONS' professional complex model, his interpretation of the doctor-patient relationship in the context of American society, and his media scheme are used as a frame of reference for analysing some consequences of unplanned change occurring in the medical systems of various Western societies. To give sociological meaning to this development, two orienting statements are proposed and illustrated: 1. The more medicine is based on biochemical science and technology and the more medical services are rendered in a bureaucratic setting, the less will the doctor-patient relationship be guided by influence; 2. the less the doctor-patient relationship is guided by influence, the more is it going to become unlikely that the medical system will remain capable of justifying and maintaining its special and privileged status as an old and personal profession.


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