The Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness / Edition 7

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Overview

For Medical Sociology, Sociology of Health, and Sociology of Health and Illness courses taught at the junior/senior level in sociology and allied health departments.

Offers a student-friendly overview of the field of medical sociology.

This student-friendly text provides an in-depth overview of the field of medical sociology, offering solid coverage of traditional topics while providing significant coverage of current issues related to health, healing, and illness. This text integrates recent research in medical sociology and emphasizes the importance of race, class, and gender throughout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205828838
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 327,445
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Gregory L. Weiss is Professor of Sociology at Roanoke College where he teaches courses on medical sociology, ethics and medicine, Native Americans, and research methods. He has led student study tours to Great Britain, Luxembourg, Australia, and to the Navajo and Hopi reservations. Dr. Weiss is author or co-author of three books and more than three dozen journal articles. He works with a variety of local community organizations including a free health clinic and the SPCA. Dr. Weiss has received teaching awards from Roanoke College, the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning, and the Southern Sociological Society.

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Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION

1. BRIEF

2. COMPREHENSIVE

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: A Brief Introduction to the Sociology of Health, Healing, and Illness

Chapter 2: The Development of Scientific Medicine

Chapter 3: Social Epidemiology

Chapter 4: Society, Disease, and Illness

Chapter 5: Social Stress

Chapter 6: Health Behavior

Chapter 7: Experiencing Illness and Disability

Chapter 8: Physicians and the Profession of Medicine

Chapter 9: Medical Education and the Socialization of Physicians

Chapter 10: Nurses, Mid-Level Health Care Practitioners, and Allied Health Workers

Chapter 11: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Chapter 12: The Physician—Patient Relationship: Background and Models

Chapter 13: Professional and Ethical Obligations of Physicians in the Physician—Patient Relationship

Chapter 14: The Health Care System of the United States

Chapter 15: Health Care delivery

Chapter 16: The Social Implications of Advanced Health Care Technology

Chapter 17: Comparative Health Care Systems

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Contents

Preface

Part I: Perspectives on the Sociology of Health, Healing, and Illness

Chapter 1 A Brief Introduction to the Sociology of Health, Healing, and Illness

Definition of Medical Sociology

Historical Development of Medical Sociology

Sociology’s Contribution to Understanding Health, Healing, and Illness

The Role of the Medical Sociologist in the Twenty-First Century

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Chapter 2 The Development of Scientific Medicine

A Brief History of Medicine

Early Humans

The Egyptian Civilization

Greek and Roman Societies

The Medieval Era

Medicine in the Renaissance

Medicine from 1600 to 1900

The Ascendancy of Medical Authority in America

Perspectives on the Ascendancy of Medical Authority

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Question

References

Part II: The Influence of the Social Environment on Health and Illness

Chapter 3 Social Epidemiology

The Work of the Epidemiologist

The Epidemiological Transition

Life Expectancy and Mortality

Infant Mortality

Maternal Mortality

Morbidity

Disability

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Cases

References

Chapter 4 Society, Disease, and Illness

The Social Etiology of Disease

The Interrelationship of Proximate Risk Factors and Fundamental Causes: The Case of Developing Countries

The Influence of Genetic Transmission on Disease and Illness

Cardiovascular Diseases

Cancer

HIV/AIDS

Alzheimer’s Disease

Mental Illness

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Case

References

Chapter 5 Social Stress

Definition of Stress

Historical Development of the Stress Concept

A Model of Social Stress

Stressors

Appraisal of Stressors

Mediators of Stress: Coping and Social Support

Stress Outcomes

The Role of Social Class, Race, and Gender in Social Stress

Summary

Health on the Internet

Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Case

References

Part III: Health and Illness behavior

Chapter 6 Health Behavior

The Concept of Health

Health Behavior

Describing Individual Health Behaviors

Explaining Health Behavior

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Cases

References

CHAPTER 7 Experiencing Illness and Disability

Stages of Illness Experience

Stage 1: Symptom Experience

Stage 2: Assumption of the Sick Role; Illness as Deviance

Stage 3: Medical Care Contact/Self-Care

Stage 4: Dependent-Patient Role

Stage 5: Recovery and Rehabilitation

Experiencing Chronic Illness, Impairment, and Disability

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Question

References

Part IV: Health Care Practitioners and Their Relationship with Patients

Chapter 8 Physicians and the Profession of Medicine

The Profession of Medicine

The Social Control of Medicine

The Number, Composition, and Distribution of Physicians in the United States

Female Physicians

Physician Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction

Physician Impairment: Stresses and Strains of the Physician Role

Summary

Health on the Internet

Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Case

References

Chapter 9 Medical Education and the Socialization of Physicians

The History of Medical Education

Modern Medical Education

The Medical School Experience: Attitude and Value Acquisition

The Medical School Experience: Stress

The Medical School Experience: Career Choices 7

Future Directions in U.S. Medical Education

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Case

References

Chapter 10 Nurses, Mid-Level Health Care Practitioners, and Allied Health Workers

Evolution of Nonphysician Health Care Practitioners

Nurses and the Field of Nursing

Mid-Level Health Care Practitioners

Allied Health Workers

The Health Care Team

Relationships among Health Care Workers

The Changing Environment among Health Care Workers

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Question

References

Chapter 11 Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The Meaning of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Scientific Medicine and Alternative Healing

Complementary and Alternative Healers

Chiropractic

Acupuncture

Spiritual Healing and Christian Science

Ethnic Folk Healing

Summary

Health on the Internet

Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Case

References

Chapter 12 The Physician—Patient Relationship: Background and Models

Models of the Physician—Patient Relationship

Key Dimensions of the Physician—Patient Relationship

The Influence of Social Class, Race, and Symptomology on the Physician—Patient Relationship

The Influence of Gender on the Physician—Patient Relationship

Patient Satisfaction with Physicians

Patient Compliance with Medical Regimens

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Case

References

Chapter 13 Professional and Ethical Obligations of Physicians in the Physician—Patient Relationship

Truth-telling as an Issue

Confidentiality as an Issue

Obligation to Treat Patients with Highly Contagious Diseases

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Cases

References

Part V: The Health Care System

Chapter 14 The Health Care System of the United States

Rating the United States Health Care System

The United States Health Care System

The Financing of Health Care in the United States

Explanations for the High Cost of American Medicine

America’s Uninsured Population

Historical Efforts to Reform the Health Care System

Health Care Reform of 2010

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Case

References

Chapter 15 Health Care delivery

Hospitals

Freestanding Ambulatory and Surgical Sites

Hospices

Home Health Care

Summary

Health Care on the Internet

Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Case

References

Chapter 16 The Social Implications of Advanced Health Care Technology

Societal Control of Technology

Health Care Technology

The Right to Refuse or Demand Advanced Health Care Technology

Organ Donation and Transplantation

Assisted Procreation

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Case

References

Chapter 17 Comparative Health Care Systems

Major Influences on Health Care Systems

Health Care Services in Developing Countries

Types of Health Care Systems

China

Canada

Great Britain

Russia

Common Challenges to Health Care Systems Around the World

Summary

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Key Concepts and Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Photo Credits

Name Index

Subject Index

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