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This textbook gives a clear and thought-provoking introduction to the critical issues related to health, illness and disability in clinical and health psychology. Challenging some of the preconceptions of ill-health of the biomedical approach, the book explores how health and illness is often shaped by factors such as culture, poverty, gender and sexuality, and examines how these influences impact on the experience and treatment of physical and mental illness as well as disability. Students are introduced to literature from disciplines other than psychology to provide multiple perspectives on these complex issues.

Culture
Culture
Introduction

In 1851 Cartwright published a paper in the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal where he described what he understood to be some of the diseases particular to the “negro slaves” in the USA. In this paper he argued that the enslavement of African men and ...

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