This inspirational new text covers the basic principles of the sociology of health and illness in an eminently readable way. By creatively employing the fictitious character of Frank Bennet, a new medical student, who cannot understand why he has to attend so many sessions in sociology in order to become a doctor, the book examines the most commonly covered topics and brings together the basic principles and research findings through ten real-life stories, that Frank Bennet is immersed into. It investigates the relevance of sociology and considers a new direction - one that places sociology in healthcare settings, making the topic more realistic, useful and memorable.
Foreword. Preface. About the author. Note about language. Acknowledgements. Introduction: why sociology of health and illness? Lay health beliefs and doctor-patient relationships. The body as a social entity. The experience of chronic illness. Labeling and stigma. Mental illness. Social inequalities in health. Gender and health. Ethnicity and health. The elderly in society. Death and dying. Conclusion. Index.