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Sociology as Applied to Medicine

This introduction to medical sociology is for medical students and health professionals in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Medical students, nursing students, other health professionals, sociology students.

Paperback, 344 Pages

Published: June 2008

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-0-7020-2901-1


  • Part 1: Social Aspects of disease. Society and changing patterns of disease. Social determinants of health and disease.

    Part 2: Social factors in Medical Practice. Health and illness behaviour. The doctor-patient relationship. Hospitals and patient care. Living with chronic illness. Dying, death and bereavement.

    Part 3: Social structure and Health. Inequality and social class. Women and health. The health and health care of ethnic minority groups. Older people, health care and society.

    Part 4: The Social Process of Defining disease. The limits and boundaries of medical knowledge. Deviance, sick role and stigma.

    Part 5: Organisation of Health Services. Origins and development of the National Health Service. Health professions. Community care and informal caring. Health promotion and the New Public Health. Measuring health outcomes. Organizing and funding health care.


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