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From the Publisher"Bendelow offers an accessible and extremely enjoyable book foranyone intrigued by contemporary ideas surrounding the illbody."
"This comprehensive book critically examines contemporary modelsof health and illness ... The book reminds us of the need toconsider the individual experience of illness while seeing eachperson in his or her social context ... Of particular note is thestraightforward reminder that illness is a social and emotionalexperience. The author reminds us that is the patient who should bediagnosed, not merely the disease. 5/5"
"A cogent and intelligent account of the implications ofmind/body interactions for health."
Sociology of Health and Illness
"The quality of writing is high. Apart from the many casehistories used to illustrate the points being made, ProfessorBendelow gives many insightful observations on modern life and theway in which medical practitioners are responding."
RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal
"In thisinsightful, timely, and engaging book, Gillian Bendelow takes afresh look at the relationship between physical and mental illness,and their treatment. Positing stress as the keyto mind-body medicine, Bendelow’s analysis sheds much-neededlight on key issues from medically unexplained symptoms to thesurveillance implications of mind-body approaches. A must-read foranyone interested in the social dimensions of medicine, Health, Emotion and theBody charts the course to critical new areas ofinquiry."
Laura Carpenter,Vanderbilt University
"Questions aboutthe relationship between bodies, lives and medicine preoccupy allof us from time to time. In this accessible and very importantbook, Gillian Bendelow takes us through the critical issuesunderlying what medicine has to offer contemporary health problems.She identifies a paradigm shift, in which dualistic mind-bodymodels and the dehumanizing and bureaucratic health care systems inwhich these are often embedded, are now widely understood asfailing to provide any real understanding of how we live in andexperience our bodies. Her arguments should be read by all thosewith an interest in humane health care (which is most of us,whether practitioners, users or students). The book is an elegantcompendium of many different strands of thought, its conclusions acompelling directive for a more integrated approach."
Ann Oakley, University of London