Social Medicine and the Coming Transformation

1st Edition

Howard Waitzkin, Alina Pérez, Matt Anderson

Routledge
May 1, 2020 Forthcoming
Textbook - 288 Pages
ISBN 9781138685987 - CAT# Y266217

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Summary

Social medicine, starting two centuries ago, has shown that social conditions affect health and illness more than biology does, and social change affects the outcomes of health and illness more than health services do. Understanding and exposing sickness-generating structures in society helps change them.

This first introductory textbook in social medicine provides a critical introduction to this increasingly important field. The authors draw on examples worldwide to show how principles based on solidarity and mutual aid have enabled people to participate collaboratively to construct health-promoting social conditions. The book offers vital information and analysis to enhance learners’ understanding about promoting health through social and individual means; the micro-politics of medical encounters; the social determination of illness; the influences of race, class, gender, and ethnicity; health and empire; and health praxis, reform, and sociomedical activism.


 The book offers compelling ways to understand and to change the social dimensions of health and health care. Students, teachers, practitioners, activists, and people who take part in policymaking will value this book, which goes beyond the usual approaches of texts in public health, medical sociology, health economics, and health policy.

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