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Handbook of Medical Sociology, Sixth Edition
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Composed entirely of specially commissioned chapters by some of the outstanding scholars in medical sociology, this edition reflects important changes in the study of health and illness. In addition to updated and reconceived chapters on the impacts of gender, race, and inequality on health, this volume has new chapters on topics that include: --social networks, neighborhoods, and social capital --disability --dying and "the right to die" --health disparities --the growing influence of the pharmaceutical industry --patient safety --evidence-based medicine and quality of care --health social movements --genetics --religion, spirituality, and health

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Preface to the Sixth Edition
  2. pp. vii-xiii
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  1. Part I. Social Contexts and Health Disparities
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. Social Conditions as Fundamental Causes of Health Inequalities
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. 2. Social Capital and Health
  2. pp. 18-32
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  1. 3. Why Education Is the Key to Socioeconomic Differentials in Health
  2. pp. 33-51
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  1. 4. Understanding Gender and Health: Old Patterns, New Trends, and Future Directions
  2. pp. 52-74
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  1. 5. Social Support, Sex, and Food: Social Networks and Health
  2. pp. 75-91
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  1. 6. Race, Social Contexts, and Health: Examining Geographic Spaces and Places
  2. pp. 92-105
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  1. 7. The Latino Health Paradox: Looking at the Intersection of Sociology and Health
  2. pp. 106-123
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  1. 8. A Life-Course Approach to the Study of Neighborhoods and Health
  2. pp. 124-143
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  1. Part II. Health Trajectories and Experiences
  2. p. 145
  1. 9. The Social Construction of Illness: Medicalization and Contested Illness
  2. pp. 147-162
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  1. 10. The Patient's Experience of Illness
  2. pp. 163-178
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  1. 11. The Internet and the Experience of Illness
  2. pp. 179-191
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  1. 12. The Sociology of Disability: Historical Foundations and Future Directions
  2. pp. 192-209
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  1. 13. Death, Dying, and the Right to Die
  2. pp. 210-225
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  1. Part III. Health-Care Organization, Delivery, and Impact
  2. p. 227
  1. 14. Gender and Health Care
  2. pp. 229-248
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  1. 15. Institutional Change and the Organization of Health Care: The Dynamics of "Muddling Through"
  2. pp. 249-269
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  1. 16. Health-Care Professions, Markets, and Countervailing Powers
  2. pp. 270-289
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  1. 17. The Sociological Concomitants of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Medications
  2. pp. 290-308
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  1. 18. Evidence-Based Medicine: Sociological Explorations
  2. pp. 309-323
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  1. 19. The Sociology of Quality and Safety in Health Care: Studying a Movement and Moving Sociology
  2. pp. 324-337
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  1. Part IV. Crosscutting Issues
  2. p. 339
  1. 20. Religion, Spirituality, Health, and Medicine: Sociological Intersections
  2. pp. 341-362
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  1. 21. Health, Security, and New Biological Threats: Reconfigurations of Expertise
  2. pp. 363-379
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  1. 22. Health Social Movements: History, Current Work, and Future Directions
  2. pp. 380-394
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  1. 23. The Application of Biomarker Data to the Study of Social Determinants of Health
  2. pp. 395-417
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  1. 24. Gene-Environment Interaction and Medical Sociology
  2. pp. 418-434
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  1. 25. Biotechnology and the Prolongation of Life: A Sociological Critique
  2. pp. 435-446
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 447-448
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 449-459
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