Health Care and Health Knowledge

1st Edition

Robert Dingwall, Christian Heath, Margaret Reid, Margaret Stacey

Routledge
Published May 9, 2018
Reference - 204 Pages
ISBN 9781138488908 - CAT# K349762
Series: Routledge Library Editions: British Sociological Association

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Summary

Originally published in 1977, Health Care and Health Knowledge presents some of the best new work being done in the field of medical sociology. Developments in the field have been prompted by both intellectual and social stimuli, and this book addresses the issue of medicine as an element in the maintenance of social order. The book studies how in the social context of medicine, health care is now a substantial element of most countries gross national product, and states that given this, there are inevitably strong pressures for state interest and stare intervention to regulate the allocation of national resources to secure the maximum social and economic returns. This has drawn the sociologist into studying medicine both as an institution and as a critical factor in the development of social policy.

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