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Key Concepts in Medical Sociology (SAGE Key Concepts series) [Paperback]

Jonathan Gabe , Michael Bury , Mary Elston


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18 Mar 2004 0761974423 978-0761974420
`This book is a must have for students and lecturers alike. Students because it gives them model essays on frequently set topics, lecturers because it gives them thumbnail overviews and up to date bibliographies on topics they might not cover in their courses. It is written without repetition - which is quite a feat - and provides authoritative statements on the state of the art in medical sociology' - Kevin White Reader in Sociology, Australian National University

`The entries, written by a couple of dozen colleagues, are concise, intelligent, and full of both specific examples and theoretical trends in the field. Key Concepts will be a valuable companion to medical sociology texts and anthologies, and an important permanent reference work as well' - Phil Brown Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Brown University

‘It is intended to provide more depth than a dictionary or than is usually found in textbooks, and the authors achieve this objective admirably… it provides an excellent and readable introduction to the subject the subject for students whose course involves medical sociology, health researchers, or health professionals who want to understand more about the social context of their work’ –British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Written with the needs of today's student in mind, the SAGE Key Concepts series provides accessible, authoritative and reliable coverage of the essential issues in a range of disciplines. Written in each case, by experienced and respected experts in the subject area, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages understanding without sacrificing the level of detail and critical evaluation essential to convey the complexity of the issues.

Key Concepts in Medical Sociology:

· provides a systematic and accessible introduction to medical sociology

· begins each 1500 word entry with a definition of the concept, then examines its origins, development, strengths and weaknesses

·offers further reading guidance for independent learning

· draws on international literature and examples

· is essential reading for undergraduates in medical sociology as well as students taking courses with a medical sociology component.



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'Sociological analysis of health, illness and society is generally complex, contested and politically charged. Without avoiding these features of their subject matter, Jonathan Gabe and colleagues have provided us with an authoritative guide to the academic debates and evidence. There is a confidence and clarity in the text that can only come from extensive experience in teaching and research and a coherent vision of the subject' - Ray Fitzpatrick, University of Oxford

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