This timely and assured text provides lecturers and students with a well informed, penetrating analysis of the key questions in medicine and society. The book is divided into three sections. It opens with a well judged account of the context of health and illness. It moves on to examine the process and experience of illness. Finally, it examines how health care is negotiated and delivered.

Challenges to Medicine

Challenges to medicine

Chapter Summary

This chapter describes:

  • how the context and content of medical practice have changed over the past 100 years and the pace of change does not look like slowing;
  • how medicine remains a socially valued practice and a powerful professional group which dominates the way that healthcare is delivered;
  • how the public's commitment to medicine and its beneficent potential is matched by critical commentary on the effects of medical practice;
  • how medicine's response to criticism has often been to reform medical practice, yet there is a great tendency to dismiss non-medical critique;
  • how new viral infections and drug resistant bacteria represent a non-human threat to medicine, the scale of which is hard to quantify.

Useful Term for this Chapter

majority world: instead ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles