Making Sense of Illness: Science, Society and Disease / Edition 1

Making Sense of Illness: Science, Society and Disease / Edition 1

by Robert A. Aronowitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521552346

ISBN-13: 9780521552349

Pub. Date: 12/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In Making Sense of Illness Robert Aronowitz offers historical essays about how diseases change their meaning. Each of the diseases or etiologic hypotheses in this book has had a controversial and contested history: psychosomatic views of ulcerative colitis, twentieth century chronic fatigue syndromes, Lyme disease, angina pectoris, risk factors for coronary heart…  See more details below

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In Making Sense of Illness Robert Aronowitz offers historical essays about how diseases change their meaning. Each of the diseases or etiologic hypotheses in this book has had a controversial and contested history: psychosomatic views of ulcerative colitis, twentieth century chronic fatigue syndromes, Lyme disease, angina pectoris, risk factors for coronary heart disease, and the type A hypothesis. At the core of these controversies are disagreements among investigators, clinicians, and patients over the best way to deal with what individuals bring to disease. By juxtaposing the history of the different diseases, Aronowitz shows how values and interests have determined research programs, public health activities, clinical decisions, and the patient's experience of illness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521552349
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine Series
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1From Myalgic Encephalitis to Yuppie Flu: A History of Chronic Fatigue Syndromes19
2The Rise and Fall of the Psychosomatic Hypothesis in Ulcerative Colitis39
3Lyme Disease: The Social Construction of a New Disease and Its Social Consequences57
4From the Patient's Angina Pectoris to the Cardiologist's Coronary Heart Disease84
5The Social Construction of Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors111
6The Rise and Fall of the Type A Hypothesis145
Conclusion166
Notes191
Index249

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