Modern Medicine: Lay Perspectives And Experiences / Edition 1

Modern Medicine: Lay Perspectives And Experiences / Edition 1

by Simon J. Williams University of Warwick; Michael Calnan University of Kent., Michael Calnan University of Kent.
     
 

ISBN-10: 1857283171

ISBN-13: 9781857283174

Pub. Date: 04/01/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Do lay people view modern medicine as a fountain of hope or a font of despair? What are their experiences of modern medical care and technology, and how do their views and experiences differ across different social groups? Combining theoretical insights with a range of qualitative and ethnographic research, this volume examines lay experiences and evaluation of

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Do lay people view modern medicine as a fountain of hope or a font of despair? What are their experiences of modern medical care and technology, and how do their views and experiences differ across different social groups? Combining theoretical insights with a range of qualitative and ethnographic research, this volume examines lay experiences and evaluation of medicines and drugs, chronic illness and life-saving technology, and reproductive technologies. It also considers the growing popularity of complementary therapies as a potential challenge to orthodox medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857283174
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Notes on contributors
1Modern medicine and the lay populace: theoretical perspectives and methodological issues2
2Lay evaluation of scientific medicine and medical care26
3Lay views of drugs and medicines: orthodox and unorthodox accounts48
4Risking tranquillizer use: cultural and lay dimensions74
5Perceptions and use of anti-hypertensive drugs among cultural groups95
6The critical moment: time, information and medical expertise in the experience of patients receiving coronary bypass surgery118
7Narratives of normality: end-stage renal-failure patients' experience of their transplant options139
8A "failure" of modern medicine? Lay perspectives on a pain relief clinic167
9Pain and pain relief in labour: issues of control188
10New reproductive technologies: the views of women undergoing treatment207
11Using complementary therapies: a challenge to orthodox medicine?230
12Conclusions: modern medicine and the lay populace in late modernity256
Index265

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