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Free Chapter | The Covid-19 Reader: The Science and What It Says About the Social

By William C. Cockerham, Geoffrey B. Cockerham

This reader offers some of the most important writing to date from the science of COVID-19 and what science says for its spread and social implications. The readings have been carefully selected, introduced, and interpreted for an introductory or graduate student readership by a distinguished medical sociology team.

While some of the early science was inaccurate, lacking sufficient data, or otherwise incomplete, the author team has selected the most important and reliable early work for teachers and students in courses on medical sociology, public health, nursing, infectious diseases, epidemiology, anthropology of medicine, sociology of health and illness, social aspects of medicine, comparative health systems, health policy and management, health behaviors, and community health. Global in scope, the book tells the story of what happened and how Covid-19 was dealt with.

Note: this pre-copyedited draft chapter is made available for viewing before the book is published in December 2020. Teacher examination copies of the printed book may be ordered here.

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