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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

Illness, the Patient and Society
Illness, the patient and society

This chapter examines the historical background to our everyday ideas about illness, disease and medicine. It makes a brief survey of people's experience of illness in the past, and relates this to the development of modern medicine. The chapter's purpose is to show that ideas about illness and disease are part of social change. For this reason, we need to reassess some of our assumptions concerning health and illness, many of which we are likely to take for granted.

Much of this book will be concerned with examples of health and illness that are familiar to many readers, including such things as visiting the doctor for everyday aches and pains. However, health and illness are also dependent ...

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