Sociology of Health, Healing, and Illness, The (5th Edition)

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9780131928404: Sociology of Health, Healing, and Illness, The (5th Edition)

This reader-friendly book reflects important changes in health care and significant advancements in medical sociology - providing an in-depth overview of the field. It offers solid coverage of traditional topics with a keen focus on the current issues and public policy debates affecting this dynamic area of study. Analysis of a wide range of current issues includes the SARS epidemic, the sociology of mental health, the multidimensional consideration of stressors, the increasing problem of obesity, and contributions of animals to human health. For individuals interested in an overview of the health care system in the United States.

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Updated to reflect important changes in health care in society and significant advancements in medical sociology, this student-friendly text continues to provide a readable, interesting, and in-depth overview of the field, offering solid coverage of traditional topics with a keen focus on the current issues and public policy debates affecting this dynamic area of study today.

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Designed to reflect important changes in health care and significant advancements in medical sociology, this reader-friendly book provides a readable, interesting, and in-depth overview of the field. It offers solid coverage of traditional topics with a keen focus on the current issues and public policy debates affecting this dynamic area of study. The volume offers perspectives on the sociology of health, healing, and illness, the influence of the social environment on health and illness, health and illness behavior, health care practitioners and their relationships with patients and a look at the social implications of health care technology and comparative health care systems. For individuals looking for an appreciation for how the sociological perspective and social theory contribute to health, healing and illness.

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