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`This book is a "must read" for all students of health psychology, and will be of considerable interest and value to others interested in the field. The discipline has not involved itself with the central issues of this book so far, but Radley has now brought this material together in an accessible way, offering important new perspectives, and directions for the discipline. This book goes a long way towards making sense for, and of, health psychology' - Journal of Health Psychology What are people's beliefs about health? What do they do when they feel ill? Why do they go to the doctor? How do they live with chronic disease? This introduction to the social psychology of health and illness addresses these and ot

Explaining Health and Illness: An Introduction
Explaining health and illness: An introduction
A Metaphor and an Introduction

Health and illness, Susan Sontag (1991) wrote, are like two different countries. If we are lucky, we spend most of our time dwelling in the first, though nearly all of us are, at some time or other, passport holders of both domains. It might be this universal aspect of illness which makes it compelling as a subject for study, together with the fact that it is linked to matters of life and death. Studying in the 1990s it is almost impossible to be unaware of the problem of AIDS, and of sickness among the destitute and disadvantaged. Also, one is constantly being urged, from all quarters it seems, of the ...

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