The Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness / Edition 2

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Overview

Designed to reflect important changes in health care and significant advancements in medical sociology, this reader-friendly book provides a readable, interesting, and in-depth overview of the field. It offers solid coverage of traditional topics with a keen focus on the current issues and public policy debates affecting this dynamic area of study. The volume offers perspectives on the sociology of health, healing, and illness, the influence of the social environment on health and illness, health and illness behavior, health care practitioners and their relationships with patients and a look at the social implications of health care technology and comparative health care systems. For individuals looking for an appreciation for how the sociological perspective and social theory contribute to health, healing and illness.
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Ande Kidanemariam, Northeastern State University

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"It is very impressive. This text offers clarity, comprehensiveness and depth."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780134764337
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 397
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.97 (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

Preface
1 A Brief Introduction to the Sociology of Health, Healing, and Illness 1
2 The Development of Scientific Medicine 13
3 Social Epidemiology 34
4 Disease and Illness in American Society 57
5 Social Stress 82
6 Health Behavior 106
7 Illness and Sick Role Behavior 126
8 Physicians and the Profession of Medicine 148
9 Medical Education and the Socialization of Physicians 173
10 Nurses, Mid-Level Health Care Practitioners, and Allied Health Workers 194
11 Alternative Healers and Alternative Healing Practices 217
12 The Physician-Patient Relationship: Background and Models 243
13 Professional and Ethical Obligations of Physicians in the Physician-Patient Relationship 268
14 The Health Care System of the United States 286
15 Health Care Delivery 312
16 The Social Implications of Health Care Technology 334
17 Comparative Health Care Systems 359
Name Index 381
Subject Index 392
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