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The survey of sociological approaches to health and medicine presented in the preceding chapters has, of course, omitted as much as it has included. And exclusions, whether deliberate or through oversight, create a story as much as what is included. Omissions notwithstanding, this book has discussed a range of work, interrogating the social relations of health in terms of the interests of labour, capital, the professions and the state, which employs a range of methods and theoretical interests. What counts as sociology goes all the way from the social end of epidemiology to the philosophical leanings of social theory, and the breadth of this range is part of a persistent uncertainty as to whether sociology (let alone a sociology of health and medicine) constitutes ...

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