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Medical Sociology

14th Edition

By William C. Cockerham

Routledge

436 pages | 60 B/W Illus.

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Description

The most thorough major academic textbook available, this classic text presents the most important research studies in the field. The author also integrates engaging first-person accounts from patients, physicians, and other health care providers throughout the text. A much greater number of first person accounts and updated examples are added to the new fourteenth edition. Other updates include:

• Coverage of Zika, Ebola, MERS, and updates on other pandemics

• Expanded discussion of obesity as a disease

• Coverage of the widening gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor

• New information on the decline of life expectancy among American white women, especially those who live in rural counties

• New material on biomarkers, gene–environment interaction, and stress

• Analysis of the role of the hidden curriculum in medical schools

• Exiting the Affordable Care Act

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface

PART I INTRODUCTION

1 Medical Sociology

2 Epidemiology

3 The Social Demography of Health: Social Class

4 The Social Demography of Health: Gender, Age, and Race

PART II HEALTH AND ILLNESS

5 Social Stress and Health

6 Health Behavior and Lifestyles

7 Illness Behavior 162

PART III SEEKING HEALTH CARE

8 The Sick Role

9 Doctor-Patient Interaction

PART IV PROVIDING HEALTH CARE

10 Physicians

11 The Physician in a Changing Society

12 Nurses, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, and Midwives

13 Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

PART V HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS

14 Hospitals

15 Health Care Reform and Health Policy in the United States

16 Global Health Care

 

About the Author

William C. Cockerham received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, USA, and is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. He holds secondary appointments in medicine and public health and is recipient of the Frederick W. Connor Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the History of Ideas and the Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction. He is past President of the Research Committee on Health Sociology of the International Sociological Association and formerly was on the Editorial Board of the American Sociological Review. Currently, he is on the Editorial Boards of Social Currents and Society and Mental Health. Dr. Cockerham has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in academic journals and is author or editor of 18 books. His most recent books from Routledge include Sociology of Mental Disorder 10E (2017).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC057000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues