Sociological Perspectives on Health and Health Care
Sociological Perspectives on Health and Medicine
533 Sociology of Health in Rural Areas. (Crosslisted with Soc 533.) II;3 cr (S-A). Sociological perspective on health or rural residents anddelivery of rural health care. Demographic organization, rural social andcommunity organization, farm and nonfarm environmental influences, andtechnological advances. P: Jr st.
Essay: Sociological Perspectives on Health Care
While at Columbia, Mary became active in research on the functioning and evaluation of the Comprehensive Care and Teaching Program at The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center (now the Weill Cornell Medical Center). At Cornell, she worked closely with George G. Reader, MD, Livingston Farrand Professor of Public Health, contributing significantly to the early development of medical sociology. She contributed to a wide range of studies on the delivery and effectiveness of health care. She was the author, co-author, or contributor to more than 30 journal articles, chapters, and books in medical sociology. From 1957 to 1962 she held several research positions in the Cornell University Medical College. In 1962, she accepted a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology in Cornell’s Department of Medicine. In 1973, she was promoted to full Professor of Sociology in Public Health in Cornell’s Department of Public Health, where she continued her research along with teaching and administrative duties until her retirement in 1992. Her students were future physicians to whom she introduced a sociological perspective on health care. Many of her colleagues were physicians or other health care professionals for whom she reinforced sociology’s importance for understanding health behavior and delivering health care.