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the scientific study of social relationships and phenomena.


/so·ci·ol·o·gy/ (so″se-ol´ah-je) the scientific study of social relationships and phenomena.


Etymology: L, socius + Gk, logos, science
the study of group behavior within a society.


n the study of group behavior within a society.

Patient discussion about sociology

Q. i suffer from fear of heights ... is there any sociological way to treat it and make it less effective?

A. Fear of heights is a very common specific phobia, in psychiatric terms. Nowadays the best way of therapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT),in which a person learns how to deal with the phobia through cognitive thinking in steps. It is a very recommended method in psychology/ psychiatry these days.

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This finding suggests the various pathways whereby a sociologic determinant of health care use, such as having additional child(ren) in the family, may be operative.
1998) stated, "A sociologic measure of poverty is concerned not with consumption but with social participation", suggesting the social aspect to this phenomenon and its importance in any socio-economic determinant of health.
TASAM is a Turkish non-governmental organization aiming to monitor developments in the world; make scientific studies, analysis and assessments regarding the bilateral, regional, multinational and international relations of Turkey, its historical, cultural, political, economic, legal, sociologic and geopolitical structure, and the political, economic, and socio-cultural problems within Turkey's territory; and produce realistic, dynamic, creative and efficient solutions and alternatives to decision-makers.
Samuel Huber and Matthew Wynia adopt this basic sociologic model and employ a value of reciprocity similar to the Toronto working group's when they suggest that "expectation of some reciprocal social obligations" are one factor that "should contour the duty to treat.
Sociologic factors include such considerations as living alone and having few social interactions.
Moreover, in Western societies, studies have used the social network framework to explain a variety of organizational and managerial issues, such as job-related rewards (Bian 1997, Burt 1992, 1997), strategic alliances (Gulati 1998), enhancement of team and project performance (Hansen 1999, Tsai 2002), relational marketing (Ambler 1995, Wong 1998), and differences between the construct and notion of relational demography from the sociologic domain (Farh/Tsui/Xin/Cheng 1998, Tsui/Farh 1997).
There is, however, a logic and a sociologic about his allegiances.
The evaluation of abdominal pain in the pregnant patient can be a difficult task that is magnified by related sociologic issues and complicated by the anatomic and physiologic adaptations of the pregnant state.
Bone and skeletal diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have massive sociologic and economic costs in an ageing population, and the advent of effective treatments will drive the need for earlier diagnosis and close monitoring of expensive therapy.
From this sociologic approach, the physician loss of status is the etiology of the physician demoralization problem, and ultimately, will prevent the higher levels of functioning necessary to be "actualized.
This book provides helpful insights on many levels: scientific, sociologic, historical, and political.