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AuthorThomas, Richard K. author
TitleSociety and Health [electronic resource] : Sociology for Health Professionals / by Richard K. Thomas
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 2002
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Descript XII, 374 p. online resource


For the first time, a guide to the sociology of health and healthcare that addresses the needs of both sociologists and health professionals. Written by a career health professional with a medical sociology background, Thomas applies sociological concepts to current healthcare issues, incorporates the latest findings from health services research, and provides clear examples of the uses of sociology in understanding the U.S. healthcare system. Each chapter contains illustrative boxed material, exhibits highlighting key information, suggested readings, and useful websites for more information. With over 30 years of experience, the author provides valuable insights into the social aspects of health behavior and reveals an in-depth understanding of the social dimensions of the health delivery system. The book is a textbook for students of sociology and health, as well as a reference book for instructors and practitioners in the healthcare and sociology fields


to the Sociology of Health and Illness -- The Language of Healthcare -- The Societal Context of Healthcare -- The Cultural Dimension of Healthcare -- The U.S. Healthcare Institution -- Social Groups in Society and Healthcare -- Occupations and Professions in Healthcare -- Social Epidemiology -- The Social Dimension of Health Status -- The Social Dimension of Sickness Behavior -- Social Stratiffication in Society and Healthcare -- Deviance and Control in Society and Healthcare -- The Sociology of Mental Illness -- Social Change, Technology, and Healthcare

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