A Sociology of Health offers an authoritative and up-to-date introduction to the key issues, perspectives, and debates within the field of medical sociology. The book aids readers’ understanding of how sociological approaches are crucial to understanding the impact that health and illness have on the behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and practices, of an increasingly health-aware population.

The Changing Face of Medical Sociology

The changing face of medical sociology
  • Modern medicine has brought dramatic improvements in life expectancy and the treatment of disease.
  • Despite these achievements medicine is increasingly viewed with suspicion and ambivalence.
  • Medical sociology not only provides an analysis of medical discourse; its promotion of social models of health and illness have influenced the development of policy and practice.
  • Three social models of health and illness are introduced and critiqued, concluding with an account of critical realism.

Medicine is an enormous achievement, but what it will achieve practically for humanity, and what those who hold the power will allow it to do, remain open questions.

RoyPorter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, 1997

The New Discourse of Health

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