By David L. Armstrong
Because the final variation of this ebook, released in 1983, the textual content has been rewritten and rearranged to offer an up to date review of the topic. The emphasis is on offering a framework for knowing the connection among overall healthiness care and the society within which it happens
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An Outline of Sociology As Applied to Medicine by David L. Armstrong