`[T]he text would be excellent reading for students, those working with students, and newly qualified healthcare professionals in all disciplines... It provides a strong message to healthcare professionals to keep their view of healthcare broad, patient-centred, and encompassing other professions' - Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
No single area of study, or any individual, can claim to have the answers to even the basic questions which surround human health. Trying to understand the nature of health requires insights from many different perspectives. Working for Health is a unique reader which draws together contributions from many of the disciplines which have traditionally laid claims to knowledge about health and combines them with more personal accounts.
Contributions to Working for Health have been carefully selected to reflect the diversity and pluralism in understanding `health' and in delivering health care, making this an ideal text for students and practitioners in many fields including, health studies, nursing, social work, allied health professions and the voluntary sector. It is also a set book for The Open University course K203 Working for Health.
PART ONE: THEORY AND IDEOLOGY The Past, the Present and the Future - Roy Porter Images of Health - Robin Downie and Jane Macnaughton From Clinical Gaze to Regime of Total Health - David Armstrong The Limitations of Evidence - Douglas Black Postmodern Illness - David Morris Ivan Illich and the Pursuit of Health - John P Bunker PART TWO: SOCIAL PATTERNS OF HEALTH A Social View of Health and Disease - Michael Marmot Social Status, Inequality and Health - Richard G Wilkinson Economics and Equity in Distribution of Scarce Health Care Resources - Stephen Morris The Politics of Women's Health - Lesley Doyal Setting a Global Agenda PART THREE: PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES Health Public Policy - Fran Baum Rethinking Environment and Health - Anthony J McMichael Globalization of International Health - Gill Walt Health Impact Assessment - Alex Scott-Samuel Young People, Transport and Environment Risk - Linda Jones and Adrian Davis Perceptions and Responses The Health and Social Impact of Participation in the Arts - Francois Matarasso Prevention May Be More Expensive than Cure - Janet A Butler Is Research into Ethnicity and Health Racist, Unsound, or Important Science? - Raj Bhopal PART FOUR: THE HUMAN SIDE OF HEALTH My Body Is My Art - Kathy Davis User Involvement and Participation in the NHS - Stephen Pattison A Personal Perspective Quality Comes Home - Donald M Berwick Masculinity and the Redundant Male - Sarah Payne Explaining the Increasing Incarceration of Young Men Social Economic and Political Context of Parenting - Julie Taylor, Nick Spencer and Norma Baldwin Communicating the Implications of Genetic Disease - Aamra R Darr The Physiology of Stressful Life Experiences - Gonneke Willemsen and Cathy Lloyd PART FIVE: CARING AND CURING Understanding Chronic Illness - Moyra Sidell Caring, Curing and Coping - Christine Webb Sexuality, the Body and Nursing - Jocelyn Lawler Swimming in the Sea of Ethics and Values - Stephen Pattison and Tom Heller Stories and Childbirth - Mavis J Kirkham Research in Holistic Medicine - Mike Fitter The Use of Medicines Bought in Pharmacies and Other Retail Outlets - Julia Johnson and Bill Bytheway Private Medicine - Charlotte Humphrey and Jill Russell PART SIX: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Pharmacogenomics - Wolfgang Sadee Towards the Millennium of Cybermedicine - Gunther Eysenbach, Eun Ryoung Sa and Thomas L Diepgen Working Whole Systems - Julian Pratt, Pat Gordon and Diane Plampling Future Health Scenarios and Public Policy - Michael Peckham