Health and Health Care in Developing Countries: Sociological Perspectives

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Peter Conrad, Eugene B. Gallagher
Temple University Press, 2011 - Medical - 337 pages
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In this seminal collection of articles on health care in the Third World, sociological perspectives are applied to medical issues in revealing ways. Fourteen essays (all but two of which are original to this volume) examine the social production of health, disease, and systems of care throughout the developing world. The volume covers a range of areasOCocentral Africa, Nigeria, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Nepal, China, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and MexicoOCoand a broad scope of topics, from emergency care, the AIDS epidemic, and women's health care, to public health programs and national health care policies.
Contributors address the central question of whether health systems in developing areas should emphasize the role of clinical medicine and individual physicians or community and preventive medical resources. The major health problems faced by these societiesOCoinadequate sanitation, infectious disease, high infant-child mortality, and a lack of family planningOCoindicate the greater need for health educators and public health workers despite many poor nations' desire for Western doctors. Other topics that are examined include the process of seeking medical aid; the relationship between traditional and modern medicines; medical education, hospital care, and communication between doctors and patients in developing countries; and the relevance and application of sociology in Third World settings.
This volume seeks to draw attention to the significance of medical sociology for understanding Third World health problems and to show how examining developing societies may necessitate reframing or modifying some Western sociological notions. In addition, these essays stretch the boundaries of medical sociology to include Third World issues."


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The Social Production of Disease
Women and Work in Rural Taiwan Building a Contextual Model Linking Employment and Health
Seeking Medical Care
Ethnicity Health Behavior and Modernization The Case of Singapore
Traditional and Modern Medicines
Traditional Medicine in Africa Past Present and Future
Modern Medicine in Developing Societies
Family Care Work and Duty in a Modern Chinese Hospital
Sociopolitics of Health Care
Implementing Health for All in Nigeria Problems and Constraints
Applying Social Science Knowledge in Health Settings
Strategies for Connecting Social Science Research to Actions for Better Health
Modernization and Medical Care
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Peter Conrad is Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University and the co-author (with Joseph W. Schneider) of Deviance and Medicalization (Temple) and Having Epilepsy (Temple).

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