The Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness

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9780138190613: The Sociology of Health, Healing and Illness

Covering traditional topics and emerging trends in medical sociology, this text includes: medical ethics, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, alternative healers, the health system, the history of medicine and the role of technology. Matters of gender, race and social class are emphasized. It also discusses questions of social and public policy such as health-care financing, for-profit medicine, doctor-assisted suicide, organ-donation policy and surrogate motherhood.

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“What distinguishes the text is up to date and comprehensive coverage. It really covers all the points you wish to address in an undergraduate medical sociology class.”

-William Haas, University of North Carolina at Asheville

 

“Comprehensive coverage of all necessary topics.”

-Dr. Robert D. Ruth, Davidson College

 

“The book is written in a clear, didactic style which is appropriate to a textbook. I find the writing to be exceptionally clear and straightforward. There is no excessive jargon or overly complex sentence structures. In my view, it is one of the most readable texts I’ve used in any of my courses.”

-Eldon Wegner, University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

“The charts and diagrams are a significant addition to demonstrating what is going on in the text.”

-William Haas, University of North Carolina at Asheville

 

“The book is effective in demonstrating the richness of the field of medical sociology in addressing important social and organizational issues in health care.”

-Eldon Wegner, University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

“The textbook is impressive with its solid theoretical grounding in sociological theory generally and medical sociology in particular. This is a high quality accomplishment.”

-Diane Shinberg, University of Memphis

 

 “The chapters are very well-organized, typically beginning with the basic descriptions of the issues and of fundamental concepts before moving to more detailed descriptions.”

-Eldon Wegner, University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

“The authors succeed in providing a broad overview of seminal and current sociological research within medical sociology.”

-Diane Shinberg, University of Memphis

 

About the Author:

Dr. Gregory L. Weiss is Professor of Sociology at Roanoke College where he teaches courses on medical sociology, ethics and medicine, Native Americans, and research methods.  He has led student study tours to Great Britain, Luxembourg, Australia, and to the Navajo and Hopi reservations. Dr. Weiss is author or co-author of three books and more than three dozen journal articles.  He works with a variety of local community organizations including a free health clinic and the SPCA.  Dr. Weiss has received teaching awards from Roanoke College, the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning, and the Southern Sociological Society.

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