Medicine as Culture is unlike any other sociological text on health and medicine. It combines perspectives drawn from a wide variety of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, social history, cultural geography, and media and cultural studies. The book explores the ways in which medicine and health care are sociocultural constructions, ranging from popular media and elite cultural representations of illness to the power dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship.

The Third Edition has been updated to cover new areas of interest, including: studies of space and place in relation to the body; actor-network theory as it is applied in research related to medicine; the internet and social media and how they contribute to lay health knowledge and patient support; complementary and alternative medicine; obesity and fat politics.

Contextualising introductions and discussion points in every chapter makes Medicine as Culture, Third Edition a rigorous yet accessible text for students.

The Lay Perspective on Illness and Disease

The lay perspective on illness and disease


This chapter discusses medicine, health and illness from the patient's point of view. The discussion begins with an historical overview of the illness experience in western societies from medieval times to the present. The historical perspective allows recognition of the ...

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