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Medical Work, Medical Knowledge and Health Care: A Sociology of Health & Illness Reader

Ellen Annandale (Editor), Mary Ann Elston (Editor), Lindsay Prior (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-22327-6
504 pages
May 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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This Reader introduces students of sociology and health care to the changing fields of medical knowledge and medical work.

  • Provides a chronicle of reseach in the field of medical knowledge, medical work and health care over the past 25 years.
  • Summarises changes in how health care was delivered and how medical knowledge and practice were conceptualised over this period.
  • Section introductions by the editors situate the articles within a wider body of literature.
  • A valuable resource for student of sociiology, social policy, social work, health policy or health care.
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The book is a collection of articles already published in the journal Sociology of Health & Illness, organised into 4 sections:.

1. Medical Knowledge, Diagnosis and Treatment.

2. Medical Power and the Patient.

3. The Division of Labour in Health Care Work.

4. Patient-Provider Interaction.

These sections are prefaced by a substantial introductory chapter written by the editors entitled: 'Medical Work, Medical Knowledge and Health Care: Themes and Issues.'.

Each section is preceded by an introductory discussion.

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Ellen Annandale, Mary Ann Elston and Lindsay Prior are all experts in the sociology of medical work, medical knowledge and health care. Until recently, they were senior members of the editorial team of the journal, The Sociology of Health and Illness. Dr Annandale is the author of The Sociology of Health and Medicine' (1989), Dr Elston is the editor of The Sociology of Medical Science and Technology' (Blackwell Publishing, 1997) and Dr Prior is the author of The Social Organisation of Mental Illness' (1993).
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  • Provides a chronicle of reseach in the field of medical knowledge, medical work and health care over the past 25 years.
  • Summarises changes in how health care was delivered and how medical knowledge and practice were conceptualised over this period.
  • Section introductions by the editors situate the articles within a wider body of literature.
  • A valuable resource for student of sociiology, social policy, social work, health policy or health care.
See More

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