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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.

Ill Bodies in Society
Ill bodies in society
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cyborgs: refers to bodies which combine synthetic and organic material to enhance human performance, although the medical integration of technology with human bodies generally aims to restore ‘normal’ function, rather than produce super-human abilities

disability: an impaired person's disability derives from interactions between his (or her) individual capabilities and his (or her) social ...

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