Most serious efforts aimed at linking social and behavioral sciences knowledge tomedical practice have included "models" which integrate social and behavioral scienceconcepts. We argue that such an integration is intellectually problematic due toan important analytic distinction between "social" sciences and "psychological" sciences.If the social explanation of illness is to become useful in medical education, adistinctly social model is necessary for conceptual clarity and for guidance of which isuseful for explicating the link between social science knowledge and medical practiceand for organizing the knowledge for teaching in medical schools.

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