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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412902199
ISBN-10: 1412902193
Format: Paperback
(242mm x 170mm x 15mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - 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. Building on observations by the late Meg Stacey (the first female professor at the University of Warwick) on medical sociology's lack of attention to war as a public health problem Hannah co-edited (with Gillian Hundt) a collection entitled 'Global Perspectives on War, Gender and Health' (2010, Avebury). 'Medical Sociology: An introduction' (2009, Sage) seeks to interpret sociological criticism of medicine and insights into the experience of illness for medical students.

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