A wide-ranging collection of both classic writings and more recent articles in the sociology of health and illness, this reader is organized into the following sections:
* health beliefs and knowledge
* inequalities and patterning of health and illness
* professional and patient interaction
* chronic illness and disability
* evaluation and politics in health care.
With a thorough introduction which sets the scene for the field as a whole, and section introductions which contextualize each chapter, the reader includes a number of different perspectives on health and illness, is international in scope, and will provide an invaluable resource to students across a wide range of courses in sociology and the social sciences.
1. Health Beliefs and Knowledge 2. Inequalities and Patterning of Health and Illness 3. Professional and Patient Interactions 4. Chronic Illness and Disability 5. The Sociology of Evaluation and Politics of Health Care