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Published: 22 January 2019

637 Pages | 10

9.8 x 8.0 inches

ISBN: 9780190306489

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Second Opinion

An Introduction to Health Sociology

Sixth Edition

John Germov

Second Opinion, Sixth Edition, is an essential text for students of health sociology, introducing students to the theories, concepts, and contexts needed to understand the social origins of health and illness. The book covers various sociological theories and perspectives relevant to health, including: the social patterns in the distribution of health and illness, the social construction of health and illness, and the social organization of health care.

New to this Edition:

  • Includes the most up-to-date coverage of current and emerging topics in health sociology
  • Several new authors have revised existing chapters to reflect the evolution of health sociology
  • New chapters on young people's health (11), the social determinants of obesity (12), and health and medical technology (18)
  • Revised case studies provide updated examples in the current context
  • Questions at the end of the 'Case study: Doing Sociology' boxes offer an improved focus on critical reflection
  • A smaller book format enhances readability and student appeal
  • Includes updated documentary and film references

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