The Sociology of Health

The Sociology of Health : Principles, Practitioners and Issues

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This comprehensive, analytical examination of the US health care system, uses sociological theory and insight to help students understand the current state of health and medicine in social context. There are expanded chapters on social issues in ageing, death, and dying and mental illness, and a new chapter on alternative care providers, such as osteopaths, homeopaths and midwives. The text is completely updated to include new research and current statistics, and an extensive bibliography. This book should be of interest to degree and diploma students on courses examining health and illness, and the health care system in a social context.show more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 185.42 x 241.3 x 27.94mm | 816.46g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0534087019
  • 9780534087012

Table of contents

Part1: Introduction. Social factors and health: is there a relationship? The sociology of health: its origin, nature, present, and future. An overview of the health care system. Part 2: Principles. Definitions and assumptions in health and illness. The sick role concept. Seeking and using health services. The patient-practitioner relationship. Applying the principles: ageing, death and dying, and mental illness. Part 3: Professions. Physicians. Alternatives to physicians. Nurses and the paraprofessions. Hospitals. Part 4: Issues. Health care economics. Quality assurance, The medicalization of life, and the coming of the physician surplus.show more

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