social medicine


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so·cial med·i·cine

a specialized field of medical knowledge concentrating on the social, cultural, and economic impact of medical phenomena.

social medicine

an approach to the prevention and treatment of disease that is based on the study of human heredity, environment, social structures, and cultural values.

social medicine

A field of medicine that studies the impact of the collective behavior of organized society on individuals belonging to various, often disadvantaged, subgroups within the society. See Engel's phenomenon, Homelessness, Latchkey children, Supermom. Cf Socialized medicine.

so·cial med·i·cine

(sōshăl medi-sin)
Specialized field of medical knowledge concentrating on the social, cultural, and economic impact of medical phenomena.
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co-founder of Partners In Health and Chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Kaiser Permanente, LAMC Social Medicine Director, Edith Eddleman-Robinson, LCSW Kaiser Permanente Physician-in-Charge, Continuing Care Services, Ralph Lee Yep, M.
Kaiser Permanente's team, which was led by Physician-in-Charge, Continuing Care Services, Ralph Lee Yep, MD, included Los Angeles Medical Center Social Medicine Director, Edith Eddleman-Robinson, LCSW; Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mary Davis, RN; Roy Chaffee, LCSW (Kaiser West Los Angeles); and Lenore Schwankovsky, Organizational Research Project Manager.
Relman, editor emeritus of the New England Journal of Medicine and professor of Medicine and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.
In preparing the series, Keshavjee, his co-editors and his colleagues at HMS' Department of Global Health and Social Medicine brought together researchers, clinicians and advocates from governmental and nongovernmental organizations, hospitals and universities around the world for a series of working meetings and conferences.
Toru Shirakawa, public health research fellow in the Department of Social Medicine at Osaka University in Japan, who led the research, said people should stand up occasionally and drink water.
He is also a Professor at Kolokotrones University, the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
These two studies through the correlations that are made between the population and the social factors, on the one hand, and between social and health policy makers, on the other hand, marked the beginning of a series of empirical studies that are under the influence of multiple and various macro-social phenomena that can be placed at the base of the social medicine and medical sociology.
Addressing the meeting, Salmaan Keshavjee, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Programme in Infectious Disease and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, said: "Like the concept of the last mile in health care we intend to deliver the last millimetre, expediting the path from the laboratory to the clinic to the patients in the communities where they live.
MD, PhD, senior associate professor at Rio de Janeiro State University's Social Medicine Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been nominated as vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean.
assistant professor of pediatrics and of family and social medicine at Einstein and attending physician, pediatrics at Montefiore, said being overweight or obese increases a person's risk for developing conditions such as hypertension, elevated triglyceride levels and elevated fasting glucose levels-all of them risk factors for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the US.