Experiencing and Explaining Diseaseby Basiro Davey
Experiencing and Explaining Disease is a multidisciplinary account of the major factors influencing the ways in which states of wellness or illness are explained by professionals and experienced by lay people. This book examines the variety of meanings given by doctors, patients and the media to four contrasting states of ill-health: rheumatoid arthritis - a chronic, painful and permanently disabling condition; HIV and AIDS - a viral infection which leads to other, still ultimately fatal infections; asthma - a respiratory disorder which can involve acute emergencies but may be chronic or self-limiting; schizophrenia - a mental state characterised by thought disorder and problems in the perception of reality.
Experiencing and Explaining Disease examines prevailing social norms affecting the status of the sick person; why are some stigmatized and blamed for their condition or excluded from normal social interactions, while others are considered brave or victims of environmental damage? What factors contribute to or alleviate pain and suffering?
This book will be an invaluable text for students of health studies, social work, social policy, medicine, nursing and the social sciences. It will also be important reading for a wide range of health professionals and carers.
Description: This is a medical-sociological book that discusses disease processes, etiologies, and meanings. It uses accounts of physicians, patients, the media, and the sciences to describe the different aspects of disease. The first edition was published in 1985. This third edition is updated with current references and color illustrations.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference or textbook for students who are taking the corresponding course work through the Open University. The author also describes how the book is organized so the general reader can use it. Not knowing which course this book is for, I can't comment on the appropriateness of the objectives.
Audience: The target audience is the student enrolled in coursework at the Open University. The authors are a medical sociologist and a health biologist. They are credible authorities on the topics and discussion in this book.
Features: The book includes descriptions of illness and the stigmas associated with different disease processes. Varying viewpoints are used in order to provide a social context for disease. Several specific disease processes are explored to further assist the student in understanding the point. The book uses excellent illustrations and case studies and has associated audiotapes. There is a glossary at the beginning listing common abbreviations and their meanings.
Assessment: This book allows students to explore illness and disease in a social setting as well as providing medical and biologic information about the specific disease processes. Too frequently, we in the healthcare field overlook the social and political aspects of illness and this book brings these issues to light. This is the last book in a series about health and disease.
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