An outline of sociology as applied to medicine

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John Wright, 1989 - Social Science - 139 pages
The fifth edition of this classic textbook explores the origins, nature and context of illness in modern society and provides a framework for understanding the social aspects of health and health care. Thoroughly revised in light of recent research into, and changes in, health care provision, Outline of Sociology as Applied to Medicine examines the new topics that have been introduced including clinical governance, managed care, and managed competition, and describes concepts that are now being given prominence in discussions of health, such as social capital and disablement. Divided into 14 clinically relevant chapters -- from Going to the Doctor, through to The Social Role of Medicine -- this new edition gives a coherent, integrated account that will enable students to understand the reactions of patients to illness and their journey through the health care system. Outline of Sociology as Applied to Medicine is essential reading for all health professional students who need to gain a basic grasp of the contribution that sociology can make to understanding and providing health care, and provides a sound basis for the sociological component of any further professional development and qualifications. Book jacket.

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