Parsons to View Relationships Of Doctor to Patient

Talcott Parsons, professor of Sociology, will deliver the first of two lectures on "The Doctor-Patient Relationship," to be presented Feb. 3 and 10 at 5 p.m. in the ampitheatre of Building D at the Medical School.

Parsons will speak on "Social Aspects of Illness and the Role of the Physician," stressing sociological views of the situation in the United States and Russia. The second talk, entilted "The Doctor-Patient Relationship in the Perspective of American and Soviet Societies," will be given by Mark G. Field '45, research associate for the Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health.

Alpha Omega Alpha, student honor society at the Medical School, is sponsoring the lectures, open to the public, "in an effort to communicate recent findings in the promising field of medical sociology to a wider audience."

"The medical sociologist examines the activities and attitudes of doctors and patients within the framework of the societies in which these individuals participate," the society explained.