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Health Care and Health Knowledge

1st Edition

Edited by Robert Dingwall, Christian Heath, Margaret Reid, Margaret Stacey


204 pages

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Originally published in 1977, Health Care and Health Knowledge presents some of the best new work being done in the field of medical sociology. Developments in the field have been prompted by both intellectual and social stimuli, and this book addresses the issue of medicine as an element in the maintenance of social order. The book studies how in the social context of medicine, health care is now a substantial element of most countries gross national product, and states that given this, there are inevitably strong pressures for state interest and stare intervention to regulate the allocation of national resources to secure the maximum social and economic returns. This has drawn the sociologist into studying medicine both as an institution and as a critical factor in the development of social policy.

Table of Contents


1. Images of Pregnancy in Antenatal Literature, Hilary Graham

2. Old Age as a Problem, Sally MacIntyre

3. Therapeutic Optimism and Treatment of the Insane, Michael Fears

4. The Reproduction of Medical Knowledge, Paul Atkinson

5. Social Control Rituals in Medicine, Arnold Arluke

6. Everyday and Medical Knowledge in Categorising Patients, David Hughes

7. Magical Elements in Orthodox Medicine, Tina Posner

8. When Was Your Last Period?, Joel Richman and W.O. Goldthorp

9. Policy and Practice in Paramedical Organisation, Malcolm Cross and Sara Arber


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: British Sociological Association

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General