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

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

Ellen Annandale (Editor), Mary Ann Elston (Editor), Lindsay Prior (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-22327-6

May 2005

504 pages

Select type: Paperback

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$35.95

Description

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.
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.


  • 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.