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Medical Sociology, 12th Edition

By William C. Cockerham

Published by Taylor and Francis

Published Date: Feb 17, 2011

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For upper-division undergraduate/beginning graduate-level courses in Medical Sociology, and for Behavioral Science courses in schools of Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing.


Offers a comprehensive overview of the most current issues in medical sociology.


The standard text in the field, this best-selling introduction to medical sociology presents the most recent and relevant ideas, concepts, themes, issues, debates, and research findings. It contains first-person accounts from patients, physicians, and other health care providers.  It is based on a worldwide review of the literature and provides the most recent health statistics, data, and studies available while identifying the most important trends and issues.


Table of Contents








Chapter 1:   Medical Sociology

Chapter 2:  Epidemiology                                                                                                                                  

Chapter 3:   Social Demography of Health: Social Class                                                         

Chapter 4:   The Social Demography of Health: Gender, Age, and Race            

Chapter 5:   Social Stress and Health                                                                                                     

Chapter 6:   Health Behavior And Lifestyles                                                                                       

Chapter 7:   Illness Behavior                                                                                                                         

Chapter 8:   The Sick Role                                                                                                                                   

Chapter 9:   Doctor–Patient Interaction                                                                                              

Chapter 10: Healing Options                                                                                                                           

Chapter 11: Physicians                                                                                                                                        

Chapter 12: The Physician in a Changing Society                                                                              

Chapter 13: Nurses, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, and Midwives                           

Chapter 14: The Hospital in Society                                                                                                           

Chapter 15: Health Care REFORM and Social Policy in the United States                     

Chapter 16: Global Health Care                                                                                                                  








Part I Introduction

1    Medical Sociology

        The Development of Medical Sociology

        Defining Health        

        Contrasting Ideas about Health and Social Behavior

        The Re-emergence of Infectious Diseases      



        Suggested Reading    

        Medical Sociology Internet Sites              

2    Epidemiology                                                                                                                                  

        Epidemiological Measures        

        The Development of Epidemiology         

        Disease and Modernization      

        The Complexity of Modern Ills: Heart Disease       

        Pandemics: HIV/AIDS and Influenza       


        Suggested Reading    

        Epidemiology Internet Sites     

3    Social Demography of Health: Social Class                                                         

        The Components of Social Class             

        Modern Diseases and the Poor      

        Equality of Care and the Social Gradient in Mortality: The British Experience      

        Neighborhood Disadvantage     

        SES as a Fundamental Cause of Sickness and Mortality         


        Suggested Reading    

        Social Class and Health Internet Sites      

4    The Social Demography of Health: Gender, Age, and Race            





        Suggested Reading    

        Social Demography of Health: Gender, Age, and Race Internet Sites      


Part II Health and Illness

5    Social Stress and Health                                                                                                     

        Cooley, Thomas, and Goffman: Symbolic Interaction             

        Durkheim: Functionalism         


        Social Factors and Stress          

        Life Changes             


        Suggested Reading    

        Social Stress Internet Sites       

6    Health Behavior And Lifestyles                                                                                       

        Health Lifestyles      

        Preventive Care        


        Suggested Reading    

        Health Behavior and Lifestyles Internet Sites          

7    Illness Behavior                                                                                                                         


        Sociodemographic Variables     

        Recognizing and Coping with Illness Symptoms     

        Summary and Conclusion         

        Suggested Reading    

        Illness Behavior Internet Sites  



8    The Sick Role                                                                                                                                   

        Illness as Deviance   

        The Functionalist Approach to Deviance        

        The Sick Role           


        Criticism of the Sick Role         

        Labeling Theory       

        Sickness as Social Deviance?    

        Being Sick and Disabled           



        Suggested Reading    

        The Sick Role Internet Sites     

9    Doctor–Patient Interaction                                                                                              

        Models of Interaction   

        Misunderstandings in Communication     

        Communication and Class Background    

        Male Physicians and Women Patients     

        Women Physicians   

        Cultural Differences in Communication   

        Patient Compliance  

        The Future of Doctor–Patient Relations  

        Doctor–Patient Relations and New Technology      

        The New Genetics    


        Suggested Reading    

        Doctor–Patient Interaction Internet Sites  

10    Healing Options                                                                                                                           


        Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)   


        Faith Healing and Religion        

        Folk Healing             


        Suggested Reading    

        Healing Options Internet Sites       


Part IV Providing Health Care

11    Physicians                                                                                                                                        

        The Professionalization of the Physician         

        The Socialization of the Physician           

        The Power Structure of American Medicine            


        Suggested Reading    

        Physicians Internet Sites          

12    The Physician in a Changing Society                                                                              

        Social Control of Medical Practice           

        Countervailing Power               

        Government Regulation            

        Managed Care           

        The Coming of the Corporation     

        The Changing Physician–Patient Relationship        

        The Deprofessionalization of Physicians    

        The Evolution of the Organization of Medical Practice           


        Suggested Reading    

        The Physician in a Changing Society Internet Sites         

13    Nurses, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, and Midwives                           

        Nursing: Past and Present        

        Nursing: Future Trends            

        Physician Assistants            




        Suggested Reading    

        Nurses, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, and Midwives Internet Sites            

14    The Hospital in Society                                                                                                           

        The Development of the Hospital as a Social Institution        

        Hospitals in the United States 

        The Organization of the Nonprofit Community Hospital       

        The Hospital–Patient Role       

        The Rising Cost of Hospitalization         


        Suggested Reading    

        Hospitals Internet Sites            


Part V Health Care Delivery Systems

15    Health Care REFORM and Social Policy in the United States                     

        Rising Costs             

        The Road to Health reform

        Equity in Health Services         

        Distribution of Services            

        Overview of Health Care Delivery           

        Health Care: A Right or a Privilege?         

        Summary and Conclusion         

        Suggested Reading    

        Health Care Delivery and Social Policy in the United States Internet Sites            

16    Global Health Care                                                                                                                  

        Socialized Medicine: Canada, Great Britain, and Sweden        

        Decentralized National Health Programs: Japan, Germany, and Mexico        

        Socialist Medicine: Alterations in Russia and China


        Suggested Reading    

        Health Care in Other Countries Internet Sites         



Photo Credits                                                                                                                                             

Name Index                                                                                                                                                     

Subject Index


Medical Sociology, 12th Edition

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