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In this timely book, Hannah Bradby brings together classic sociological writings and the latest research on the links between medicine, health and society. Bradby discusses a range of important issues with three main themes: patterns of illness in populations, health and illness in everyday life, and the promise and pitfalls of modern health care systems. Bradby offers insightful analysis as well as synthesis in areas such as inequalities, gender and ethnicity, where she is a leading expert.
An really interesting medical sociology text which chapters on the sociology of body and pain which I have recommended.
a good supplemental text that is useful across levels, have recommended as extended reading
I have asked the students whom I teach at MSc level to consider reading this book as part of their supplementary reading. It is insightful and gives a public health point of view.
A really great introduction. Students are provided here with an accessible overview of the key issues in sociology of health and illness. Very well written and an invaluable resource - for students of sociology and social policy, it should also be read by health professionals in their training too.
The book is very good, but on inspection is not a good match for the student population on my course (biomedical science students in 3rd year). The book covers key topics we address in the course (eg. relating to the social organisation of medicine, including some sociology of health and illness), but from a more sociological perspective than is taken in other course materials.
a well written textbook that fills a gap in provision so far for students to appreciate the connections between these fields
I found this a useful text for student midwives to have an introduction to sociology linked to medicine and health. It is well written and easy to understand and has relevant theories explained within it. The reading lists for each chapter give students further reading around the relevant topics.
An interesting, concise textbook which is ideal for students at all three levels, where they are looking for supporting material for their arguments.
excellant for course
A useful addition in appreciating the complexities of Global health especially chapters 3 and 6
An excellent book; well presented and highly informative. It does go slightly above the academic level our students require but would suit the more able. It provides a wealth of information that would underpin our sociology of health module. The tutors would find this a particularly useful book to refresh and up-date their knowledge. I would recommend that they read it and to refer to passages from it. In this way students will become aware of the book and possibly wish to get a copy.
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