Interdisciplinary Relationships Between Medicine and Social Sciences

Interdisciplinary Relationships Between Medicine and Social Sciences

Said Saud Al-Busaidi (Khawla Hospital, Oman)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6915-2.ch005
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The aim of medical science is treating and preventing diseases. The development of medical sciences has been influenced by developments taking place in other sciences including social sciences. Sciences including physical sciences, biological sciences or social sciences interact with each other. The interaction takes place between sciences in each category and between sciences from different categories. However, there are very few studies that deal specifically with the interaction of medicine with social sciences. As both have to work together because of the human complex nature as a result some authors considered medicine itself as a social science, thus creating an interdisciplinary environment that hosts both medicine and social sciences. This chapter reviews the complex interdisciplinarity between medicine and a number of social sciences, including anthropology, psychology, sociology, political sciences and economy.
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The Role Of Social Sciences In The Development Of Health Sector

Health services require the information provided by various social sciences disciplines to give the best and appropriate care to the society. Prevalence and distribution of diseases in a specific community differ from other communities. Social sciences help in identifying the diseases that are prevalent in that particular community. More resources will be given to treat these diseases.

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