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Medicine and the Body

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March 2003 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`An intelligent and informed account of medical sociology. Simon Williams has produced an original and comprehensive sociological statement of the centrality of the body to an understanding of medicine, health and illness. His scope is impressive... It will shape future teaching and research in the field of health and illness' - Bryan S Turner, Professor of Sociology, University of Cambridge

This is a clear, well-written account of medicine, health and the body. Taking recent debates on the body and society as its point of departure, the book critically reexamines a series of embodied issues and emotional agendas in health and illness. Included here are cutting edge discussions and debates concerning:

- the medicalized body

- health inequalities

- childhood and ageing

- the dilemmas of high-tech medicine

- chronic illness and disability

- caring and (bio)ethics

- sleep, death and dying

- the body in late/postmodernity

Written in an accessible, engaging style, with many original and innovative insights, the book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students alike, and to researchers and lecturers with an interest in the embodied agendas of health and medicine in the new millennium.

 
Introduction
Medical Sociology in the New Millennium  
 
The Biomedical Body
Reductionism, Constructionism and Beyond  
 
What Is Health? Thinking through the Boundaries of the Body
 
`Structuring' Bodies
Emotions, Inequalities and Health  
 
Children, Ageing and Health
Bodies across the Lifecourse  
 
Bodily Dys-Order
Chronic Illness a Biographical Disruption?  
 
Dormant/Mortal Bodies
Sleep, Death and Dying in Late/Postmodernity  
 
Reason, Emotion and `Mental' Health
Where Do We Draw the Line?  
 
Hi-Tech Bodies
From Corporeality to Hyperreality?  
 
Caring Bodies/Embodied Ethics
 
Conclusions
The Challenges Ahead  

`An intelligent and informed account of medical sociology. Simon Williams has produced an original and comprehensive sociological statement of the centrality of the body to an understanding of medicine, health and illness. His scope is impressive, including among other topics sleep, childhood, disability and ageing. It will shape future teaching and research in the field of health and illness' - Bryan S Turner, Professor of Sociology, University of Cambridge

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