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This comprehensive anthology offers current readings by leading, medical sociologists and their colleagues in other fields, reflecting the most recent and relevant ideas, concepts, themes, and research affecting the field today. The diverse assortment of articles presents research findings and critical discussions that define the interests of medical sociologists, health practitioners, and policy makers. Focuses on the broad areas of: EPIDEMIOLOGY; SOCIAL DEMOGRAPHY OF HEALTH; SOCIAL STRESS; HEALTH BEHAVIOR; ILLNESS BEHAVIOR AND THE SICK ROLE; HEALING OPTIONS; DOCTOR-PATIENT INTERACTION; PHYSICIANS IN A CHANGING SOCIETY; NURSES; HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN THE UNITED STATES; and HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN SELECTED COUNTRIES. For anyone involved in social work, medicine, nursing, and various health related professions.
Topics incl. social demography of health, doctor-patient interaction, social stress, hospitals & health care system.
Social Conditions as Fundamental Causes of Disease, Bruce G. Link and Jo Phelan.
II. SOCIAL DEMOGRAPHY OF HEALTH.
The Links between Education and Health, Catherine E. Ross and Chia-ling Wu.
III. SOCIAL STRESS.
Stress, Coping, and Social Support Processes: Where Are We? What Next?, Peggy A. Thoits.
IV. HEALTH BEHAVIOR.
Sex Stratification and Health Lifestyle: Consequences for Men's and Women's Perceived Health, Catherine E. Ross and Chloe E. Bird.
V. ILLNESS BEHAVIOR AND THE SICK ROLE.
The Aesthetics of Illness: Narrative, Horror and the Sublime, Alan Radley.
Reconsidering the Status of Anorexia Nervosa as a Western Culture-Bound Syndrome, Sing Lee.
The Missing Voice of the Critically Ill: A Medical Sociologist's First-Person Account, David A. Rier.
VI. HEALING OPTIONS.
Religion, Health, and Nonphysical Senses of Self, Ellen L. Idler.
“Jesus Will Fix It after Awhile”: Meanings and Health, Mary Abrums.
VII. DOCTOR-PATIENT INTERACTION.
Watching Brian Die: The Rhetoric and Reality of Informed Consent, Rose Weitz.
Physician Satisfaction in a Changing Health Care Environment: The Impact of Challenges to Professional Autonomy, Authority, and Dominance, Mary Guptill Warren, Rose Weitz, and Stephen Kulis.
Doctor in the House: The Internet as a Source of Lay Health Knowledge and the Challenge to Expertise, Michael Hardey.
VIII. PHYSICIANS IN A CHANGING SOCIETY.
Professional Dynamics and the Changing Nature of Medical Work, Frederic W. Hafferty and Donald W. Light.
Gender and the Body of Medicine or at Least Some Body Parts: (Re)Constructing the Prestige Hierarchy of Medical Specialties, Susan W. Hinze.
Women in a Women's Job: The Gendered Experience of Nursing, Sam Porter.
X. HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN THE UNITED STATES.
Playing by the Rules and Losing: Health Insurance and the Working Poor, Karen Seccombe and Cheryl Amey.
Whatever Happened to the Health Insurance Crisis in the United States? Voices from a National Survey, Karen Donelan, Robert J. Blendon, Craig A. Hill, Martin Frankel, Catherine Hoffman, Diane Rowland, and Drew Altman.
XI. HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN SELECTED COUNTRIES.
Update on Health Care in Canada: What's Right, What's Wrong, What's Left?, Martha Livingston.
The Americanization of the British National Health Service, David Mechanic.
The Social Determinants of the Decline in Life Expectancy in Russia and Eastern Europe: A Lifestyle Explanation, William C. Cockerham.