Medical Sociology: An Introduction

Medical Sociology: An Introduction

By: Hannah Bradby (author)Hardback

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What are the limits of medical power? How has sociology helped to make sense of illness, disease, choice and risk? What are the challenges to medical practice? This timely and assured text provides lecturers and students with a well informed, penetrating analysis of the key questions in medicine and society. The book is divided into three sections. It opens with a well judged account of the context of health and illness. It moves on to examine the process and experience of illness. Finally, it examines how health care is negotiated and delivered. The result is an accessible, coherent and lively book that has wide inter-disciplinary appeal to students of medical sociology, medical care and health management.

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Hannah Bradby's research on how ethnicity and racism intervene in the social relations of health has been published in various journals including 'Social Science and Medicine' and 'Sociological Research Online'. She co-edits the journal 'Ethnicity and Health' and is the 'Sociology of Health and Illness' monograph series editor. Hannah has taught both medics and sociologists at the University of Warwick since 2000, employing various representations of health, illness and suffering including written (memoire, letters, reportage, fiction, clinical notes, empirical research) and spoken forms (evidence from clinicians, patients and former patients, in various languages, and sometimes mediated by trained interpreters). She has worked on the core medical school curriculum and special study modules and has collaborated with students to publish books of their own sociological work, both written and photographic.


Part 1 The social context of health and illness A very brief history of medicine and society Introduction 1900 - the dawn of the twentieth century First World War: 1914-1918 1918-1939 Second World War 1939-1945 1945 to the 21st century Costs and benefits of 20th century medical innovation Health inequalities Medical transformations Further reading Revision questions & Extension questions Defining the doctor's remit Introduction Diagnosis: legitimate and illegitimate illness Treating diagnosed disease Defining death Doing death Defining doctors as special healers Overlap with other professionals' work Specialization to the point of incoherence? Medicine's place in society Further reading Revision questions & Extension questions Defining health, defining disease Introduction Biomedical disease model Limitations of the biomedical model Defining health Lay understandings of health Dimensions of lay models of health The context of health Biomedical disease and the value of health Further reading Revision questions & Extension questions Part 2 Getting ill, being ill The social causes of disease Introduction Class, ill health and industrial revolution Social class and inequality Public policy approaches to inequality Mechanisms causing health inequalities by class Ethnicity and inequality Age and gender Tackling health inequalities Future prospects International health inequalities Further reading Revision questions & Extension questions Risk, choice and lifestyle Introduction Individuals and their behaviours Risk taking and thrill seeking Risky sex and gay men Prejudice and blame Cousin marriage and congenital problems Risk and preventative medicine New risks, new diseases - we're all patients now? Risk, lifestyle medicine - what next? Further reading Revision questions & Extension questions Experiencing illness Introduction The sick role Sickness as deviance Stigma and illness Illness as failure Biographical disruption and illness narratives Autopathography Remaking lives? Further reading Revision questions & Extension questions Ill bodies in society Introduction Bodies in society Embodied illness Dualist thinking Bodies as machines Suffering bodies Impaired bodies and disability Further reading Revision & Extension questions The process of disability Introduction Disability and the life course Chronic illness, impairment and disability The social model of disability The cultural model of disability Special or universal needs Further reading Revision & Extension questions Part 3 Getting healthcare Doctor-patient relationships Introduction Self-care Appropriate consultation Compliance, co-operation, conflict Inverse care law Evidence on medical consultations Communicating across the divide Co-operation and challenge Further reading Revision & Extension questions The healthcare organization Introduction What's so special about the NHS? Socialized medicine Insurance system Pluralist socialized system Evaluating the NHS Reforming the NHS Clinical governance Medical dominance The role of the hospital Commercial and industrial interests in the NHS The context of care Further reading Revisions & extension questions Challenges to medicine Introduction Changing medical practice Disappearing doctors, disappearing patients Doctors' difficulties Regulating medicine Reform from within Non-human threats Prospects Further reading Revision & Extension questions Conclusion Introduction Change and continuity Effective care: competing priorities The politics of communication Uncertainty Context

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/11/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781412902182
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781412902182
  • weight: 522
  • ISBN10: 1412902185

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