- 川村学園女子大学研究紀要 (ISSN:09186050)
- vol.13, no.2, pp.53-66, 2002-03-15
The purpose of this paper is to show the ethnomethodological approach to medical field, particulary doctor-patient relationship. Some studies of medical sociology have suggested that doctor-patient relationship is assymetry. Medical ethnomethodology explicates how this assymetry between doctor and patient is organized and achieved by participants' interaction in medical consultation. First, I overview historical development of medical ethnomethodology. Second, I examine how asymmetry of doctor-patient relationship is treated by Talcott Parsons who first theorized this problem. Finally, I show that Christian Heath's studies of doctor-patient interaction demonstrate the asymmetry of doctor-patient relationship.