Classification, Disease, and Diagnosis

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 54 (2):189-205 (2011)

Abstract
Classification shapes medicine and guides its practice. As clinicians classify symptoms and illnesses, they trigger a range of actions and consequences. The assignment of particular disease labels is linked to both therapeutic and social responses. However, the classifications of medicine, natural though they may seem, contain significant social content, and are arrived at via a number of cultural framing devices (Aronowitz 2008). This article will explore the social intent and construction of classification and their embodiment in medical diagnosis.Effective classification recognizes difference as well as similarity. By classifying, we are putting items together that have more in common with one another than they ..
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