This introduction to medical sociology is for medical students and health professionals in the United Kingdom and Europe.
- A concise and jargon-free introduction to medical sociology – accessible and readable for medical students with little time to devote to this subject.
- Practical emphasis on essential social issues: the doctor-patient relationship, social class, ethnic minority groups and organization of health services.
- Attractive two-colour page design with boxed summaries.
- New section on theory and methods of social research, pointing out the important differences between social research and the more biologically orientated research familiar to medical readers.
- Extensive revision of those chapters covering health policy, eg NHS chapter, health promotion, community care, organisation of health care.
Part 1: Social Aspects of disease. Society and changing patterns of disease. Social determinants of health and disease.
Part 2: Social factors in Medical Practice. Health and illness behaviour. The doctor-patient relationship. Hospitals and patient care. Living with chronic illness. Dying, death and bereavement.
Part 3: Social structure and Health. Inequality and social class. Women and health. The health and health care of ethnic minority groups. Older people, health care and society.
Part 4: The Social Process of Defining disease. The limits and boundaries of medical knowledge. Deviance, sick role and stigma.
Part 5: Organisation of Health Services. Origins and development of the National Health Service. Health professions. Community care and informal caring. Health promotion and the New Public Health. Measuring health outcomes. Organizing and funding health care.