Health and Health Care as Social Problems

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Medical - 369 pages
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This engaging and accessible reader takes a social problems approach to health and medicine, providing a broad and critical lens on contemporary health problems. Designed for courses on social problems and on medical sociology, the volume embraces two fundamental principles: that health and illness are at least partly socially produced, and that health care is not an unfettered good and often brings with it serious social problems. The volume is organized into six sections, addressing the medicalization of human problems; the social construction of health problems; social movements; gender; race and class and the provision of health care; and medical accountability. Taken together, the essays demonstrate the depth and richness of a social problems approach to health and medicine, and the critical perspective it brings to our understanding of health and illness in U.S. society.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
MEDICALIZATION
7
Deviant Drinking as Disease ALCOHOLISM AS A SOCIAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
9
Primum Non Nocere CHEMICAL EXECUTION AND THE LIMITS OF MEDICAL SOCIAL CONTROL
25
From Hyperactive Children to ADHD Adults OBSERVATIONS ON THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAL CATEGORIES
39
SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF HEALTH PROBLEMS
67
The Discovery of Child Abuse
69
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as a Medical Research Problem Since 1945
87
The Politics of Menopause THE DISCOVERY OF A DEFICIENCY DISEASE
191
Accounting for Cosmetic Surgery THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF GENDER
207
The Emergence of Premenstrual Syndrome as a Social Problem
227
RACE CLASS AND HEALTH CARE
243
Race versus Class in the Health Care of AfricanAmerican Elderly
245
Lessons in Control PRENATAL EDUCATION IN THE HOSPITAL
267
MEDICAL ACCOUNTABILITY
295
Sick Doctors THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF PROFESSIONAL DEVIANCE
297

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107
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
123
Silence Death and the Invisible Enemy AIDS ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL MOVEMENT NEWNESS
125
Dynamics of Black Mobilization against AIDS in New York City
145
Racing for the Cure Walking Women and Toxic Touring MAPPING CULTURES OF ACTION WITHIN THE BAY AREA TERRAIN OF BREAST ...
161
GENDER
189
Changing DoctorPatient Relationships and the Rise in Concern for Accountability
317
Changing Medical Practice and Medical Malpractice Claims
331
Sources
353
Index
355
About the Editors
369
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\Peter Conrad is Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences at Brandeis University. His major research interests are in health and illness, social problems, and deviance. He served as president of the SSSP during 1996-97. He is currently completing a book on 'the medicalization of society.' Valerie Leiter is assistant professor of sociology at Simmons College. Her work focuses on disability, sociology of childhood, and family sociology. Currently, her research examines children's access to health care, and formal and familial systems of care for children with disabilities.

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