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Sociology is a core topic for all trainee health professionals, but many struggle to get to grips with it and to see what sociology has to offer. Based on years of experience teaching sociology to health care students, Lani Russell has written a truly introductory text which explains the main sociological concepts without jargon or becoming too advanced. Using carefully chosen examples, she shows how health issues are influenced by social phenomena such as class, race or sexuality and the relevance this has for practitioners.

Chronic Illness and Disability
Chronic illness and disability
Introduction

Illness is often spoken about as if it is something that happens to us from time to time, but then, we get better and our bodies return to ‘normal’. For those of us who have chronic illness or a disability, this way of thinking is problematic. It reflects a biomedical framework for thinking about health and illness. As suggested in Chapter 1, the biomedical model of health, whilst it is ...

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