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From the Publisher"The second edition of this excellent text book has been thoroughly revised and brought up to date. It remains a clear and comprehensive text which offers a sound basis to students of medical sociology."
Mildred Blaxter, University of Bristol
"Sarah Nettleton’s Sociology of Health and Illness has become a major text for students studying medical sociology. This second edition is a welcome event. All the key topics are presented in a lively, concise and informative way. Its up-to-date treatment of changes in research and health care is essential reading for those attempting to understand matters medical in today’s fast changing environment."
Mike Bury, University of London
"Sarah Nettleton provides a well-written, engaging, and theoretically-informed discussion of health sociology in modern Britain. It is the most up-to-date account of the field available. Relying largely on a social constructionist perspective, she nevertheless blends relevant classical and contemporary theories into her explanation of key concepts and issues. In doing so, Professor Nettleton destroys the notion that health sociology is atheoretical and she accomplishes this in a highly readable and instructive work."
William C. Cockerham, University of Alabama at Birmingham
"In The Sociology of Health and Illness, Sarah Nettleton provides a lively, balanced, up-to-date introduction to medical sociology. While drawing extensively on British literature and experience, it ought to be widely adopted in the United States, where there is a need for the new perspectives being developed by our British colleagues. I would recommend it as a textbook for undergraduate sociology: it also discusses issues of interest to health economists, health services researchers, and health care policy-makers."
John B. McKinlay, Institute for Community Health Studies, Watertown