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Introducing the Sociology of Medicine, Health and Society
Introducing the sociology of medicine, health and society

In the face of scientific medicine's failure to offer a technique to regulate nature, we remain confronted with the inevitability of sickness, ageing, suffering and death. The democratic welfare state, which offered such hope of health for the masses, has failed to eradicate inequalities and deliver universal social justice in a national setting, and inequity in social life appears inevitable. Sociology retains a conviction that suffering in all its complexity should be kept at the heart of human society's common concerns (Fassin and Reechtman, 2009: 153). However, the means of moving beyond just witnessing or representing the suffering of others, and yet remaining in sociological territory, sometimes seems elusive (Bradby ...

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