I am the new social media editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law (JHPPL). (I was previously point-counterpoint editor, allowing me to plug these two exchanges here and here.) I am blessed that the very first issue I am called upon to plug is a special one to me personally and to the field: The entire August 2016 issue is an appreciation of the grand medical sociologist David Mechanic, edited by Carol Boyer and Brad Gray.
I don’t believe in ranking people. I’ll just say that David is an obvious giant of the field. For almost sixty years, he has powerfully brought medical sociology to bear on some of health policy’s greatest challenges: behavioral health, social determinants, the organizational challenges of HMOs and rural health organizations, trust in the doctor-patient relationship, and more. His appreciation for organizational and historical factors is especially valuable in a field dominated, sometimes unduly so, by economic frameworks. David is also noteworthy as a gentleman and as a gracious mentor.
The lineup of major scholars writing in this weighty JHPPL special issue is terrific….