Medical sociology was first recognizable as a distinct area of study in the 1950s and is now probably the largest specialized area of sociology. This collection comprises a comprehensive statement of the history, current concerns and relevance of medical sociology to an understanding of health and health care worldwide. The articles included are genuinely international in two important respects: they represent the best of contemporary scholarship worldwide, and they have applicability to all types of society and health care systems.
A general introduction in the first volume provides a review of the development and state of medical sociology internationally as well as a rationale for the collection as a whole. Each of the four volumes also has its own introduction, and each of the four sections within each volume is preceded by a brief rationale.
Titles also available in this series include, Child Welfare (November 2004, 4 Volumes, £495) and the forthcoming collection Health Care Systems (2005, 3 Volumes, c.£395).
Table of Contents
Volume I: Growth and Impact of Medical Sociology Part A: Historical Origins Part B: Theoretical Approaches Part C: Theories of the Middle Range Part D: New Directions Volume II: Social Dimensions of Health Part E: Social Change and Health Part F: Social Structures Part G: Health Inequalities Part H: Risk and Risk Behaviours Volume III: Coping with Chronic Illness and Disease Part I: Sick Role Part J: Therapeutic Relationships Part K: Chronic Illness and Stigma Part L: Disability and Disability Politics Volume IV: Health Policy and Care Part M: Models of Health Care Delivery Part N: Welfarism Part O: Globalism and Health Care Reform Part P: Evaluation