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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.

Experiencing Illness
Experiencing illness
Useful Terms for this Chapter

autopathography: a term coined for written accounts of the experience of serious illness

biographical disruption: the disruption between one's former healthy self with the current ill self brought about by the experience of illness

sick role: a reciprocal, unequal set of rights and obligations that structure doctors' and patients' behaviour and expectations

stigma: a condition or attribute that marks the bearer as ...

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