Key Concepts in Medical Sociology

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Jonathan Gabe, Michael Bury, Mary Ann Elston
SAGE, Apr 10, 2004 - Social Science - 256 pages
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`This book is a must have for students and lecturers alike. Students because it gives them model essays on frequently set topics, lecturers because it gives them thumbnail overviews and up to date bibliographies on topics they might not cover in their courses. It is written without repetition - which is quite a feat - and provides authoritative statements on the state of the art in medical sociology' - Kevin White Reader in Sociology, Australian National University

`The entries, written by a couple of dozen colleagues, are concise, intelligent, and full of both specific examples and theoretical trends in the field. Key Concepts will be a valuable companion to medical sociology texts and anthologies, and an important permanent reference work as well' - Phil Brown Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Brown University

It is intended to provide more depth than a dictionary or than is usually found in textbooks, and the authors achieve this objective admirably... it provides an excellent and readable introduction to the subject the subject for students whose course involves medical sociology, health researchers, or health professionals who want to understand more about the social context of their work British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Written with the needs of today's student in mind, the SAGE Key Concepts series provides accessible, authoritative and reliable coverage of the essential issues in a range of disciplines. Written in each case, by experienced and respected experts in the subject area, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages understanding without sacrificing the level of detail and critical evaluation essential to convey the complexity of the issues.

Key Concepts in Medical Sociology:

· provides a systematic and accessible introduction to medical sociology

· begins each 1500 word entry with a definition of the concept, then examines its origins, development, strengths and weaknesses

·offers further reading guidance for independent learning

· draws on international literature and examples

· is essential reading for undergraduates in medical sociology as well as students taking courses with a medical sociology component.

 

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About the author (2004)

Stefan Timmermans is Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. His interests include death and dying, healthcare technologies and standardisation. He is the author of "Sudden Death and the Myth of CPR" (Temple, 1999) and co-author (with Marc Berg) of "The Gold Standard: A Sociological Exploration of Evidence-Based Medicine and Standardization in Health Care" (Temple, forthcoming).

Jonathan Gabe is Reader of Social and Political Science at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests include health care organisation, chronic illness and mental health. He is the author of "Going Private" (with Michael Calnan and Sarah Cant) (Open University Press, 1993) and a number of edited collections including "Medicine, Health and Risk" (Blackwell, 1995), "Health and Sociology of Emotions" (with Veronica James) (Blackwell, 1996) and "Theorising Health, Medicine and Society" (with Simon Williams and Michael Calnan) (Routledge, 2000).

Michael Bury is the Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of London

Ellen Annandale, Mary Ann Elston and Lindsay Prior are all experts in the sociology of medical work, medical knowledge and health care. Until recently, they were senior members of the editorial team of the journal, The Sociology of Health and Illness. Dr Annandale is the author of "The Sociology of Health and Medicine' (1989), Dr Elston is the editor of "The Sociology of Medical Science and Technology' (Blackwell Publishing, 1997) and Dr Prior is the author of "The Social Organisation of Mental Illness' (1993).

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