The Sociology of Health and Illness / Edition 7

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This collection of 49 readings offers an integrated analysis of the most important issues regarding health and health care from a critical and sociological perspective. Substantive introductions provide context for the readings. With ten new and two revised essays, the Seventh Edition contains more coverage of key areas such as alternative medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, and the relationship between healthcare and politics.

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Editorial Reviews

A text that brings a critical and conceptual sociological orientation to bear on the issues underlying the current health care crisis and on proposed changes in the health system. This edition incorporates ten new sections that examine important health issues, including social disadvantage and mortality, anorexia, compliance, and health care reform. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716709985
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 595
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Conrad is the Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences and Chair of the Health: Science, Society and Policy program at Brandeis University. He earned his doctorate from Boston University. The author of numerous books and journal articles on the sociology of health and illness, Dr. Conrad received the Leo G. Reeder Award from the American Sociological Association in 2004 for his distinguished contributions to medical sociology. His works include the award-winning Deviance and Medicalization (written with J.W. Schneider), the co-edited Handbook of Medical Sociology, Fifth Edition, and his newest book, The Medicalization of Society, published in 2007.

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Table of Contents

* = New to this edition; ** = Revised

The Social Nature of Disease
1. Medical Measures and the Decline of Mortality, John B. McKinlay and Sonja M. McKinlay

Who Gets Sick? The Unequal Social Distribution of Disease
2. Social Class, Susceptibility, and Sickness, S. Leonard Syme and Lisa F. Berkman
3. Excess Mortality in Harlem, Colin McCord and Harold P. Freeman
**4. Gender Differences in Mortality, Ingrid Waldron
5. A Tale of Two States, Victor R. Fuchs
*6. Population Health in Utah and Nevada, Victor G. Rodwin and Melanie J. Croce-Galis

Our Sickening Social and Physical Environments
7. Popular Epidemiology: Community Response to Toxic Waste-Induced Disease, Phil Brown
8. Social Relationships and Health, James S. House, Karl R. Landis, and Debra Umberson
*9. Dying Alone: The Social Production of Urban Isolation, Eric Klineberg
10. Health Inequalities: Relative or Absolute Material Standards? Richard Wilkinson

The Social and Cultural Meanings of Illness
11. Anorexia Nervosa in Context, Joan Jacobs Brumberg
*12. Aids and Stigma, Gregory Herek

The Experience of Illness
*13. Self-help Literature and the Making of an Illness Identity, Kristin Barker
14. The Meaning of Medications: Another Look at Compliance, Peter Conrad
15. The Remission Society, Arthur W. Frank

Creating and Maintaining the Dominance of Medicine
16. Professionalization, Monopoly, and the Structure of Medical Practice, Peter Conrad and Joseph W. Schneider
17. Notes on the Decline of Midwives and the Rise of Medical Obstetricians, Richard W. Wertz and Dorothy C. Wertz
18. The End of the Golden Age of Doctoring, John B. McKinley and Lisa D. Mareau
19. Countervailing Power, Donald W. Light
20. Changing Medical Organization and the Erosion of Trust, David Mechanic

The Social Organization of Medical Workers
21. The US Health Care System, John Fry, Donald Light, Jonathon Rodnick, and Peter Orton
22. A Caring Dilemma: Womanhood and Nursing in Historical Perspective, Susan Reverby
23. AIDS and Its Impact on Medical Work: The Culture and Politics of the Shop Floor, Charles L. Bosk and Joel E. Frader

Medical Industries
24. The Health Care Industry: Where is it Taking Us? Arnold S. Relman
*25. Medications and the Pharmaceutical Industry, David Cohen, et al.

Financing Medical Care
26. A Century of Failure: Health Care Reform in America, David J. Rothman
27. Paying for Health Care, Thomas Bodenheimer and Kevin Grumbach
28. Doctoring as a Business: Money, Markets, and Managed Care, Deborah A. Stone

Medicine in Practice
29. The Struggle between the Voice of Medicine and the Voice of the Lifeworld, Elliot G. Mishler
30. Social Death as Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, Stefan Timmermans
31. The Language of Case Presentation, Renee R. Anspach
*32. Alternative Health and the Challenges of Institutionalization, Matthew Schneirov, et al.

Dilemmas of Medical Technology
*33. The Artificial Heart: How Close are We and Do We Want to Get There? Paul Simmons
34. Issues in the Application of High Cost Medical Technology: The Case of Organ Transplantation, Nancy G. Kutner
35. A Mirage of Genes, Peter Conrad

The Relevance of Risk

36. The Prevalence of Risk Factors Among Women in the United States, Robert A. Hahn, Steven M. Tuetsch, Adele L. Franks, Man-Hue Chang, Elizabeth Lloyd
37. Risk as Moral Danger: The Social and Political Functions of Risk Discourse in Public Health, Deborah Lupton

The Medicalization of American Society
38. Medicine as an Institution of Social Control, Irving Kenneth Zola
*39. Biomedicalization: Technoscientific Transformations of Health, Illness, and U.S. Biomedicine, Adele E. Clarke, et al.

Rationing Medical Care
40. Rationing Medical Progress: The Way to Affordable Health Care, Daniel Callahan
41. The Trouble with Rationing, Arnold S. Relman

42. Politicizing Health Care, John McKnight
43. Helping Ourselves, Ann Withorn
*44. Illness and Internet Empowerment: Writing and Reading Breast Cancer in Cyberspace, Victoria Pitts

Comparative Health Policies
45. Comparative Models of "Health Care," Systems, Donald W. Light
*46. Health Care Reform: Lessons from Canada, Raisa Berlin Derber
**47. Continuity and Change in the British National Health Service, Jonathan Gabe

Prevention and Society
48. Wellness in the Workplace: Potentials and Pitfalls of Work-Site Health Promotion, Peter Conrad
49. A Case for Refocusing Upstream: The Political Economy of Illness, John B. McKinlay

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