A large body of literature uses the “doctor-patient relationship” (DPR) is if it were a discrete phenomenon with positive effects on patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. This paper examines the three assumptions made by this literature: 1) that the DPR is a discrete dichotomous variable, rather than a poorly inter-correlated cluster of attributes; 2) that this cluster of attributes are the most significant predictors of the variables they are purported to effect; and 3) that the beneficial influence of a primary care relat...
As we enter the 21st century, we do well to consider the values implicit in science fiction, the principal arena of future speculation in popular culture. This study explored whether consumption of science fiction (SF) is correlated with distinctive socio-ethical views. SF tends to advocate the extension of value and rights to all forms of intelligence, regardless of physical form; enthusiasm for technology; and social and economic libertarianism. This suggests that consumers with these socio-ethical views would be attracted to the SF genre,...
with Damien Keown
This article provides an introduction to some contemporary issues in medical ethics and the literature which addresses them from a Buddhist perspective. The first part of the article discusses Buddhism and medicine and outlines some of the main issues in contemporary medical ethics. In the rest of the paper three subjects are considered: i) moral personhood, ii) abortion, and iii) death, dying and euthanasia. The bibliographic references appended to the article will be updated periodically (contributions are welcome...
ORGANIZATION AND INFORMATION AT THE BED-SIDE: THE EXPERIENCE OF THE MEDICAL DIVISION OF LABOR BY UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS’ INPATIENTS
A dissertation submitted to the faculty of the Division of Social Sciences of the University of Chicago in candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
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The practice of medicine is undergoing an industrial revolution akin to the one that occurred in manufacturing in the 19th century. Cost-co...
Taught at the University of Chicago in 1994
Goals: This course is an introduction to the ecological and evolutionary concepts which have influenced the social sciences. After introducing these concepts, the course will first discuss the different units of selection in the social order. Sociobiological theories will be compared to those which posit that selection takes place at the level of software, e.g. norms and ideas. We will next explore the writings of classic University of Chicago sociologists who attempted to ...
Exegesis of the Agganna and Cakkavatti Suttas.
An essay on the difficulties of establishing stable polyamorous threesomes.
Materials Complexity and the Development of Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Geriatrics
Table of Contents Introduction 4
1. Birth, Youth, Dying and Death as Material Bases 8
1a. Birth as Raw Material 11
1b. Death as Raw Material 14
1c. Differences between Birth and Death 18
2. The Social Construction of Medical Specialization 22
2a. The Origins of Obstetrics and Pediatrics 24
2b. Shaping State Policy and Building the Market 32
2c. Rising Specialization 34
3. Shaping th...