Medicines and society: patients, professionals and the dominance of pharmaceuticals

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jul 8, 2008 - Medical - 205 pages
Britten places medicines in their social context, and considers the range of influences on prescribing and the sociology of health and illness. Exploring issues such as "the meaning of medicines" and "alternative treatments," the book provides important reading for students across a range of disciplines interested in medicines and society.

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NICKY BRITTEN is Professor of Applied Healthcare Research at the Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. She is a sociologist with particular interests in the use of medicines and complementary and alternative therapies, patient-professional communication about prescribing, and the synthesis of qualitative research.

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