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Medical Knowledge New 2E, Sc : Health and Disease - Clive Seale

Medical Knowledge New 2E, Sc

Health and Disease

Paperback Published: 15th March 2001
ISBN: 9780335208340
Number Of Pages: 216

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In this book, medical knowledge comes under scrutiny from an interdisciplinary team of authors that includes sociologists, historians, epidemiologists and human biologists. They begin by examining modern culture and the coexistence of lay beliefs, alternative and complementary therapies, and orthodox scientific views of health and disease. The historical development of medical knowledge is traced in three case studies: on tuberculosis, blood, and hysteria. This journey into the past reveals the profound changes that have taken place in medical knowledge and practice, but also illuminates the rich heritage that has survived in modern medicine. The book concludes by examining the influence of social and cultural factors on the theory and practice of medicine today, the place of ritual, medicine as a mechanism of social control, and factors affecting trust and communication in the relationship between doctor and patient. In so doing, it questions the taken-for-granted status of scientific medical knowledge in Western society.

A journey through medical knowledge
Health and healing in an age of science
An historical approach to medical knowledge
Tuberculosis Blood Hysteria
Medical knowledge and medical practice
Medicalization and surveillance Doctor-patient interaction
Abbreviations list
References and further sources, including internet sites
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780335208340
ISBN-10: 0335208347
Series: Health and Disease
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 15th March 2001
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.4 x 21.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised