9780534247560

The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care A Critical Approach

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    9780534247560

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    0534247563

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/11/2000
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

Traditionally, medical sociology texts have been written from a medical perspective, focusing primarily on health issues as they have been defined by doctors, and often reading much like health education textbooks. Weitz, instead, adopts a critical perspective, sometimes challenging medical perspectives, sometimes raising broader issues beyond those of interest to the medical world. This perspective, which is more thoroughly sociological, is now more common among instructors than the older medical perspective.

Author Biography

Rose Weitz (Ph.D., Yale University) is Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Part One Social Factors and Illness 1(114)
Introduction
3(14)
The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care: An Overview
4(1)
The Sociological Perspective
5(3)
A Critical Approach
8(2)
Chapter Organization
10(1)
A Note on Sources
11(6)
The Social Sources of Illness
17(34)
An Introduction to Epidemiology
18(2)
A Brief History of Disease
20(11)
The Social Sources of Premature Deaths
31(15)
Conclusions
46(5)
The Social Distribution of Illness in the United States
51(34)
Age
52(3)
Sex
55(3)
Social Class
58(7)
Race and Ethnicity
65(16)
Conclusions
81(4)
Illness in the Developing Nations
85(30)
Disease Patterns Around the World
86(2)
The Sources and Nature of Disease in the Developing Nations
88(23)
Conclusions
111(4)
Part Two The Meaning and Experience of Illness 115(106)
The Social Meanings of Illness
117(32)
Models of Illness
118(10)
Medicine as Social Control
128(17)
Conclusions
145(4)
The Experience of Chronic Illness and Disability
149(34)
Understanding Disability
150(8)
Living with Chronic Illness and Disability
158(21)
Conclusions
179(4)
The Sociology of Mental Illness
183(38)
The Epidemiology of Mental Illness
184(5)
Defining Mental Illness
189(7)
A History of Treatment
196(15)
The Experience of Mental Illness
211(6)
Conclusions
217(4)
Part Three Health Care Systems and Settings 221(98)
The U.S. Health Care System and the Need for Reform
223(26)
Health Insurance in the United States
224(10)
The Crisis in Health Care
234(12)
Conclusions
246(3)
Alternative Health Care Systems
249(40)
Evaluating Health Care Systems
250(5)
Health Care in Other Countries
255(26)
Reforming Health Care in the United States
281(4)
Conclusions
285(4)
Health Care Settings
289(30)
The Hospital
290(7)
Nursing Homes
297(4)
Board and Care Homes
301(1)
Assisted Living Facilities
302(1)
Hospices
302(8)
Home Care
310(5)
Conclusions
315(4)
Part Four Health Care Providers and Bioethics 319(100)
The Profession of Medicine
321(40)
Medicine as a Profession
322(17)
Becoming a Doctor
339(17)
Conclusions
356(5)
Other Mainstream and Alternative Health Care Providers
361(36)
Mainstream Health Care Providers
363(16)
Alternative Health Care Providers
379(14)
Conclusions
393(4)
Issues in Bioethics
397(22)
A History of Bioethics
397(10)
Institutionalizing Bioethics
407(2)
The Impact of Bioethics
409(6)
Conclusions
415(4)
Glossary 419(16)
References 435(36)
Index 471

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