Readings in Medical Sociology

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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; ...
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Overview

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.

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This text presents 30 previously published papers on medical sociology, the study of the social causes and consequences of health and illness. Topics include social epidemiology (the study of epidemics), the sociological study of stress, links between education and health, the stigma of AIDS, doctor-patient interaction, the socialization of physicians, experiences of nurses relating to gender, health insurance and the working poor in the US, and health care in Britain, South Africa, and the former Soviet Union. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136179375
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 539
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Medical Sociology 1
Health, Illness, and Healing in an Uncertain Era: Challenges from and for Medical Sociology 3
Pt. II Epidemiology 21
Social Conditions as Fundamental Causes of Disease 23
Pt. III Social Demography of Health 37
Double Jeopardy to Health Hypothesis for African Americans: Analysis and Critique 39
The Links between Education and Health 59
Pt. IV Social Stress 89
The Sociological Study of Stress 91
Stress, Coping, and Social Support Processes: Where Are We? What Next? 109
Social Support and Social Structure: A Descriptive Epidemiology 140
Pt. V Health Behavior 163
Conceptualizing Contemporary Health Lifestyles: Moving beyond Weber 165
Sex Stratification and Health Lifestyle: Consequences for Men's and Women's Perceived Health 186
Pt. VI Illness Behavior 205
Beyond Rational Choice: The Social Dynamics of How People Seek Help 208
Reshaping of Self: A Pendular Reconstruction of Self and Identity among Adults with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury 224
Uncertainty and the Lives of Persons with AIDS 244
Pt. VII Healing Options 257
The Redefinition of the Situation: The Social Construction of Spiritual Healing Experiences 259
Pt. VIII Doctor-Patient Interaction 273
A Critical Theory of Medical Discourse: Ideology, Social Control, and the Processing of Social Context in Medical Encounters 276
Emotional Expression during Medical Encounters: Social Dis-ease and the Medical Gaze 298
Pt. IX Physician Socialization 315
Toward a New Sociology of Medical Education 318
Learning to Doctor: Reflections on Recent Accounts of the Medical School Years 335
Gender and Medical Socialization 346
Pt. X Physicians in a Changing Society 359
Rationalization and the Deprofessionalization of Physicians 362
Professional Dynamics and the Changing Nature of Medical Work 379
Pt. XI Nurses 405
Women in a Women's Job: The Gendered Experiences of Nurses 407
Pt. XII Hospitals and the Health Care System 421
Paying the Hospital: American Problems and Foreign Solutions 424
Through the Lenses of Organizational Sociology: The Role of Organizational Theory and Research in Conceptualizing and Examining Our Health Care System 433
Pt. XIII Health Care Delivery and Social Policy in the United States 451
Playing by the Rules and Losing: Health Insurance and the Working Poor 453
Why Congress Did Not Enact Health Care Reform 471
Whatever Happened to the Health Insurance Crisis in the United States? Voices from a National Survey 476
Health of the Public: The Private-Sector Challenge 485
Pt. XIV Health Care in Selected Countries 493
The Americanization of the British National Health Service 494
The Health Crisis in the Former Soviet Union: A Report from the "Post-War" Zone 506
The Legacy of Apartheid in Health and Health Care 520
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