International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
Social influence on medicine: An analysis and a proposal

Abstract

This article addresses the influence of social factors on medicine. I describe a couple of relevant examples and argue that such influence can be both beneficial and harmful to medicine. I conclude by describing a values-based framework, the use of which may optimize the benefit-harm ratio of this influence.