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This timely and assured text provides lecturers and students with a well informed, penetrating analysis of the key questions in medicine and society. The book is divided into three sections. It opens with a well judged account of the context of health and illness. It moves on to examine the process and experience of illness. Finally, it examines how health care is negotiated and delivered.

Defining the Doctor's Remit
Defining the doctor's remit
Useful Terms for this Chapter

diagnosis: the process of identifying a disease or condition through its symptoms and signs

disease: a medically recognized and diagnosable pathological condition associated with an underlying lesion, such as an infection or tumour. Disease is an organic process, usually distinguished from injury or a stable disability

illness: state of sickness, subjectively identified by the ...

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