Title

Medical Sociology and Case-Based Complexity Science: A User’s Guide

Publication Title

Handbook of Systems and Complexity in Health

Publication Date

2013

Document Type

Book Chapter

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4614-4998-0_31

Keywords

case-based modeling, David Byrne, SACS Toolkit

Disciplines

Medicine and Health | Medicine and Health Sciences | Sociology

Abstract

In this chapter, we provide readers with the first formal overview of case-based complexity science and its related methodology, case-based modeling. Case-based modeling, championed largely by [1], constitutes a fifth major method for modeling complex systems, offering itself as an alternative to (and also integration of) agent (rule-based) modeling, dynamical (equation-based) modeling, qualitative (idiographic) modeling, and statistical (aggregate-based) modeling. For us, as medical sociologists, case-based modeling makes sense because, fundamentally, medicine is about the case. Case-based modeling also resonates with our particular practice of a case-based complexity science, which can be defined as a generalist approach, grounded in the epistemological perspectives of Byrne’s complex realism—which we explain later.

Publisher

Springer

Publisher Location

New York, NY

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