DescriptionThis volume brings together key readings of significant moments in the understanding of health. It goes beyond the often superficial literature-review style of medical sociology texts.
Part I: Biomedicine and the Body:.
1. Biomedicine and the Body: Colin Samson.
2. Spaces and Classes: Michel Foucault.
3. Natural Facts: A Historical Perspective on Science and Sexuality: L.J. Jordanova.
4. Artificiality and Enlightenment: From Sociobiology to Biosociality: Paul Rabinow.
Part II: Disease and the Self:.
5. Disease and the Self: Colin Samson.
6. Human Contact in Life-Threatening Environments: James J. Lynch.
7. Cancer and the Self: How Illness Constellates Meaning: Roger Levin.
8. Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors: Susan Sontag.
9. Holistic Medicine: Fred Frohock.
Part III: The Physician and the Patient: .
10. The Physician and the Patient: Colin Samson.
11. The Last Hippie: Oliver Sacks.
12. The Body as Territory and Wonder: Arthur W. Frank.
13. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and the Medical Encounter: Lesley Cooper.
14. A Fortunate Man: John Berger.
Part IV: Creating Sickness: .
15. Creating Sickness: Colin Samson.
16. Results of Industrialisation: Freidrich Engels.
17. Rats' Tails and Trypanosomes: Nature and Culture in Early Colonial Medicine: Megan Vaughan.
18. Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being: Harold Napoleon.
19. Nervoso: Medicine, Sickness, and Human Needs: Nancy Scheper-Hughes.
* The editor provides a general introduction to the book, laying out its aims and objectives and outlining the range of approaches that are adopted and represented in the volume.
* Each section of the volume is introduced with an essay by the editor setting out and contextualising the core concerns of the authors whose work follows.
* The volume has broad, international appeal, as it draws together writings from North America, Europe and the Third World.