Sociology of Health and Medicine
The book not only addresses postgraduate students but all those who intend to research in the area of sociology of health and medicine. The content and organization of this book are designed to set it apart from other textbooks in medical sociology while retaining its anchor in the mainstream of general sociology. A basic premise underlies this book, namely that the institutions of medicine are a public resource and not the private property of those who practice it. Among the central themes discussed are: approaches and concepts in health care, systems of medicine, physician-patient relationships, health delivery system, health inequality, health policy, health ethics and rights, reproductive rights, environment and health, health technology and health insurance. Each section deals with a basic dimension of health and society, emphasizing the dilemmas and contradictions in attempting to view medicine as public resource. The values, rights and ethical choices faced by the users vis-à-vis the structure of medicine is emphasized throughout. In addition, there’s reference to current trends and studies in sociology of health and medicine, retaining the threads of development in the field over the past 40 years. Each chapter is followed by comprehensive readings dealing with the subject. Pedagogical aim of this book is to offer content and a format that will serve as a framework for expanding the topic further. This volume fills a long-felt gap by reviewing some of the most important and consequential issues in sociology of health. It will be of interest to sociologists, anthropologists, historians, social workers, as well as to legal scholars, health practitioners and policy makers.