Medical Sociology



  • The most comprehensive major academic textbook available on its topic, this classic text presents the most important research studies in the field. The author integrates engaging first-person accounts from patients, physicians, and other health care providers throughout the text. Since its inception, this book’s principal goal has been to introduce students to the field of medical sociology and serve as a reference for faculty by presenting the most current ideas, issues, concepts, themes, theories, and research findings in the field. This new edition is heavily revised with updated data and important new additions. New to this edition: • A contemporary account of medical sociology’s subfields (Chapter 1) • New chapter on COVID-19 (Chapter 3) • Update on the widening gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor (Chapter 4) • New chapter on gender and health, including the convergence of life expectancy between men and women and its reversal during the COVID-19 pandemic (Chapter 5) • Updated chapter on aging and expanded discussion of health and race (Chapter 6) • New developments in doctor-patient interaction, including telemedicine (Chapter 10) • The survival of the Affordable Care Act (Chapter 16).
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13

  • 9781000455472
  • Pubmed Id

  • 27442605
  • Start Page

  • 1
  • End Page

  • 454