Working for Health

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No single area of study, or any individual, can claim to have the answers to even the basic questions which surround human health. Trying to understand the nature of health requires insights from many different perspectives. Working for Health is a unique reader which draws together contributions from many of the disciplines which have traditionally laid claims to knowledge about health and combines them with more personal accounts.

Contributions to Working for Health have been carefully selected to reflect the diversity and pluralism in understanding 'health' and in delivering health care, making this an ideal text for students and practitioners in many fields including, health studies, nursing, social work, allied health professions and the voluntary sector.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Theory and Ideology 1
1 The Past, the Present and the Future 3
2 Images of Health 11
3 From Clinical Gaze to Regime to Total Health 16
4 The Limitations of Evidence 28
5 Postmodern Illness 35
6 Ivan Illich and the Pursuit of Health 43
Pt. II Social Patterns of Health 51
7 A Social View of Health and Disease 55
8 Social Status, Inequality and Health 69
9 Economics and Equity in the Distribution of Scarce Health Care Resources 77
10 The Politics of Women's Health: Setting a Global Agenda 87
Pt. III Public Health Issues 99
11 Healthy Public Policy 103
12 Rethinking Environment and Health 114
13 Globalization of International Health 124
14 Health Impact Assessment 133
15 Young People, Transport and Environmental Risk: Perceptions and Responses 144
16 The Health and Social Impact of Participation in the Arts 153
17 Prevention May Be More Expensive Than Cure 161
18 Is Research into Ethnicity and Health Racist, Unsound, or Important Science? 168
Pt. IV The Human Side of Health 181
19 'My Body Is My Art' 185
20 User Involvement and Participation in the NHS: A Personal Perspective 196
21 Quality Comes Home 206
22 Masculinity and the Redundant Male: Explaining the Increasing Incarceration of Young Men 214
23 Social, Economic and Political Context of Parenting 226
24 Communicating the Implications of Genetic Disease 237
25 The Physiology of Stressful Life Experiences 245
Pt. V Caring and Curing 251
26 Understanding Chronic Illness 255
27 Caring, Curing and Coping 266
28 Sexuality, the Body and Nursing 278
29 Swimming in the Sea of Ethics and Values 293
30 Stories and Childbirth 301
31 Research in Holistic Medicine 313
32 The Use of Medicines Bought in Pharmacies and Other Retail Outlets 319
33 Private Medicine 329
Pt. VI Looking to the Future 341
34 Pharmacogenomics 343
35 Towards the Millennium of Cybermedicine 351
36 Working Whole Systems 358
37 Future Health Scenarios and Public Policy 367
Index 376
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