The Rebellion of the Sick: Doctors, Patients, Societies

Numerous traditionally defined social roles have undergone changes during the past couple of decades in late modern society. The complementary concepts of ’doctor’ and ’patient’ are ones to have become blurred and somewhat controversial. In this introductory text, I address a few questions related to the changing terminology and expectations in different fields of the health system, while emphasizing the social and cultural embeddedness of the problem. The purpose of this paper is to introduce the historical and sociological articles to follow that situate the issue in different contexts and explore various aspects of the doctor-patient relationship.

Released: Replika 105, 7–12.
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