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.

Medicine, Science and ‘Higher Superstition’

Medicine, Science and ‘Higher Superstition’

Medicine, science and ‘higher superstition’
  • Medical science represents the highest achievement of the Enlightenment project, freeing humanity from many of the worst excesses of nature.
  • The Evidence-Based Medicine movement which emerged over the last 30 years should be the final step in the process of ensuring that medical practice is determined by the highest standards of scientific rigour, but just as this principle was established an anti-scientific backlash began.
  • The ‘science wars’ were fought by a loose aggregation of post-modernists, feminists and ‘complementary therapists’ against what they saw as the scientific establishment.
  • The war may be over, but the ‘peace settlement’ has left the scientific community in a defensive mood, grappling with new institutional arrangements which aim to ‘democratise’ science ...
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