How do we understand health in relation to society? What role does culture play in shaping our experiences of, and orientation to, health and illness? How do we understand medicine and medical treatment within a sociological framework?
Chapter : Social Class
It is impossible to think of contemporary medicine without considering the multitude of technologies that are now integral both to medical practice and to health care worldwide. Such technologies are to be found inside health care systems, in domestic and personal spaces, and in workplaces and public places. Increasingly medical technology is provided, accessed and consumed outside of traditional medical and health care settings in various forms of self-administered care regimes. Medical technology can lead to the re-shaping and re-defining of the [Page 129]boundaries of health care ...