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The standard text in the field, this best-selling introduction to medical sociology presents the most recent and relevant ideas, concepts, themes, issues, debates, and research findings at the cutting-edge of the field. It contains first-person accounts from patients, physicians, and other health care providers; is based on a worldwide review of the literature; provides the most recent health statistics, data, and studies available; and identifies the most important trends and issues.For upper-division undergraduate/beginning graduate-level courses in Medical Sociology, and for Behavioral Science courses in schools of Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing.
Table of Contents
P> PART I INTRODUCTION 1 Medical Sociology The Development of Medical Sociology Defining Health Contrasting Ideas about Health and Social Behavior The Re-emergence of Infectious Diseases Bioethics Summary Suggested Reading Medical Sociology Internet Sites 2 Epidemiology Epidemiological Measures The Development of Epidemiology The Complexity of Modern Ills: Heart Disease Disease and Modernization HIV/AIDS Summary Suggested Reading Epidemiology Internet Sites 3 The Social Demography of Health: Gender, Age, and Race Gender Age Race Summary Suggested Reading Social Demography of Health: Gender, Age, and Race Internet Sites 4 Social Demography of Health: Social Class The Components of Social Class Modern Diseases and the Poor Equality of Care and the Social Gradient in Mortality: The British Experience Neighborhood Disadvantage SES as a Fundamental Cause of Sickness and Mortality Summary Suggested Reading Social Class and Health Internet Sites PART II HEALTH AND ILLNESS 5 Social Stress and health Cooley, Thomas, and Goffman: Symbolic Interaction Durkheim: Functionalism Stress Social Factors and Stress Life Changes Summary Suggested Reading Social Stress Internet Sites 6 Health Behavior And Lifestyles Health Lifestyles Preventive Care Summary Suggested Reading Health Behavior and Lifestyles Internet Sites 7 Illness Behavior Self-Care Sociodemographic Variables Recognizing and Coping with Illness Symptoms