Medical sociology and the study of severe mental illness: reflections on past accomplishments and directions for future research.

@article{Cook1995MedicalSA,
  title={Medical sociology and the study of severe mental illness: reflections on past accomplishments and directions for future research.},
  author={Judith A. Cook and Eric Wright},
  journal={Journal of health and social behavior},
  year={1995},
  volume={Spec No},
  pages={95-114}
}
Over the past 40 years, the mental health care system has been radically transformed from one focused on institutionalized care to one centered on treatment in community settings. While medical sociology has played a prominent role in the study of psychiatric hospitalization and the deinstitutionalization process, the systematic exploration of the sociological dimensions of community-based mental health care is only just beginning. This essay reflects on past disciplinary contributions and… CONTINUE READING