Readings in Health, Medicine, and Society

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Edited by Katherine A. Lineberger, Ph.D.
©2022, 518 pages

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    Readings in Health, Medicine, and Society offers students carefully selected readings that provide them with a broad and well-rooted knowledge base in global and U.S. medical sociology.

    Unit I provides students with an overview of the field and examines select concepts and theoretical perspectives. Unit II illustrates the ways in which culture impacts health and health care systems. Unit III examines inequalities at the individual and societal levels. In Unit IV, students investigate how political and corporate structures impact people’s health choices and behaviors. Unit V describes the key variables involved in the socialization of Western doctors, reviews the ways folk medicines differ from the Western paradigm, and illustrates an example of healing practices outside Western medicine.

    Unit VI provides a review of emerging medical technologies as they relate to sociology and offers a critical analysis of pharmaceutical technology. Unit VII critically examines the history of power building by U.S. doctors. The final unit offers a brief overview of the history of bioethics through a discussion of the Nuremburg Code, followed by an examination of patient autonomy and informed consent.

    Featuring a unique sociological perspective, Readings in Health, Medicine, and Society is an ideal resource for courses in medical sociology and public health.

    Katherine A. Lineberger, Ph.D. is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a Master of Social Science, graduate certificate in women’s studies, and Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Lineberger has over 20 years of experience in program and population analysis, including needs assessment, program planning and development, evaluation, community identification, and social epidemiology.
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