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Medical Sociology An Introduction by Hannah Bradby
  

Medical Sociology An Introduction

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Medical Sociology An Introduction by Hannah Bradby

What are the limits of medical power? How has sociology helped to make sense of illness, disease, choice and risk? What are the challenges to medical practice? This timely and assured text provides lecturers and students with a well informed, penetrating analysis of the key questions in medicine and society. The book is divided into three sections. It opens with a well judged account of the context of health and illness. It moves on to examine the process and experience of illness. Finally, it examines how health care is negotiated and delivered. The result is an accessible, coherent and lively book that has wide inter-disciplinary appeal to students of medical sociology, medical care and health management.

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Provides a sophisticated introduction to the main issues in medical sociology. It is written in an accessible manner, making good use of examples and of questions that encourage the reader to reflect on the material that is presented. It gives a thoughtful and thorough account to provide advanced understanding - an excellent volume and one that I strongly recommendProfessor James Nazroo, SociologyThe University of Manchester

Hannah Bradby has written an introduction to medical sociology that resonates with the lives and concerns of medical students. She provides a sociological lens through which they can critically examine the organization, rituals, practices and evidence base of modern medicine. This book expands horizons by turning attention from illness to health, from high technology to human experience and from diagnosis and treatment to health outcomesProfessor Gary AlbrechtUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, USA and University of Leuven, Belgium

Hannah Bradby's Medical Sociology: An Introduction pulls together a wealth of material on social aspects of medicine in society. The book combines cogent discussion with summaries, further reading and relevant questions. Essential for medical students and others studying health and illness, this lively text is set to become a market leader in its fieldMike BuryEmeritus Professor of Sociology, Royal Holloway, University of London


About the Author

's research on how ethnicity and racism intervene in the social relations of health has been published in various journals including 'Social Science and Medicine' and 'Sociological Research Online'. She co-edits the journal 'Ethnicity and Health' and is the 'Sociology of Health and Illness' monograph series editor. Hannah has taught both medics and sociologists at the University of Warwick since 2000, employing various representations of health, illness and suffering including written (memoire, letters, reportage, fiction, clinical notes, empirical research) and spoken forms (evidence from clinicians, patients and former patients, in various languages, and sometimes mediated by trained interpreters). She has worked on the core medical school curriculum and special study modules and has collaborated with students to publish books of their own sociological work, both written and photographic. Building on observations by the late Meg Stacey (the first female professor at the University of Warwick) on medical sociology's lack of attention to war as a public health problem Hannah co-edited (with Gillian Hundt) a collection entitled 'Global Perspectives on War, Gender and Health' (2010, Avebury). 'Medical Sociology: An introduction' (2009, Sage) seeks to interpret sociological criticism of medicine and insights into the experience of illness for medical students.

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Publication date

18th November 2008

Author

Hannah Bradby

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Hardback
224 pages

Categories

Nursing sociology

ISBN

9781412902182

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