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Doctors need to be political advocates for patients, expert says

Mar. 11, 2014—Doctors and other health care workers need to be advocates for improving not just biological conditions, but also social ones, said the director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Medicine, Health and Society.

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Income inequality is making Americans sick, Metzl says

Feb. 10, 2014—Vanderbilt researcher Jonathan Metzl has coined the term "structural competency" as a starting point for doctors to realize how medical problems are often downstream results of upstream societal decisions.

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