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`An intelligent and informed account of medical sociology. Simon Williams has produced an original and comprehensive sociological statement of the centrality of the body to an understanding of medicine, health and illness. His scope is impressive... It will shape future teaching and research in the field of health and illness' - Bryan S Turner, Professor of Sociology, University of Cambridge This is a clear, well-written account of medicine, health and the body. Taking recent debates on the body and society as its point of departure, the book critically reexamines a series of embodied issues and emotional agendas in health and illness. Included here are cutting edge discussions and debates concerning: - the medicalized body - health inequalities - childhood and ageing - the dilemmas of high-tech medicine - chronic illness and disability - caring and (bio)ethics - sleep, death and dying - the body in late/postmodernity Written in an accessible, engaging style, with many original and innovative insights, the book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students alike, and to researchers and lecturers with an interest in the embodied agendas of health and medicine in the new millennium.

Reason, Emotion and ‘Mental’ Health: Where Do We Draw the Line?
Reason, emotion and ‘mental’ health: Where do we draw the line?

Are we ‘unhappier’ now in the Western world than in past decades? To what extent is the ‘doing better, feeling worse’ syndrome a characteristic feature of life and living in the twenty-first century? What factors are at play here? And how should we interpret this alleged upward trend in mental health ‘problems’ (and the expertise designed to ‘treat’ them): a disclosing of the hitherto undisclosed, a real increase, or the product of shifting professional boundaries and/or lay constructions of these very matters? These are some of the questions I wish to pick up on in this chapter, with particular reference to emotion and mental ...

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