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Health Studies: A Critical and Cross-Cultural Reader



Health Studies: A Critical and Cross-Cultural Reader

Colin Samson (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-20189-2 October 1999 Wiley-Blackwell 392 Pages


This 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.


"I found the book an extremely rewarding read and strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in health and illness."Steven P Wainwright, King's College London
* Presents an exciting, critical and challenging array of classic and recent writings on the social basis of health, illness and healing
* 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.