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An Involuntary Ethnography of a Stay in the Hospital: Being Sick in a Sick Place

Author(s): Robert K. Miller, Jr. | Angela L. Wadsworth

Journal: Sociation Today
ISSN 1542-6300

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: total institution | sickness | hospitalization | bureaucracy | medical care | illness

The author describes the events which happened in a hospital after suffering a massive cerebellar stroke on a minor highway while alone in his car. It is concluded that the hospital was a "sick place" and that the hyper-bureaucratization of medical care has victimized all participants, patients and staff alike. Several concerns of the post-Parsonian model of sociological literature are discussed, including full disclosure of information to patients, are found to be of somewhat marginal importance.
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