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.

Changing Concepts of International Health

Changing concepts of international health
  • The health policies of western governments are aimed primarily at addressing the health needs of their own populations, but international agencies such as the World Health Organisation, have also been established to tackle health problems globally.
  • A central aim of these agencies is to address the pressing health problems of the third world. The policies and priorities developed to achieve this reflect the concerns of the major donor countries.
  • In the immediate post-war period international health policy was driven by the imperative of social and economic modernisation, and sought to equip the third world with the high technology health care systems found in the West.
  • Since then, the modernization agenda has come under sustained criticism, ...
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