Medical Sociology, 10th edition examines the classic and contemporary literature in medical sociology aimed at developing and understanding the most important issues and research questions asked today. The text contains boxes with illustrations of important points and websites thus providing further information about relevant health topics.
Cockerham (U. of Alabama-Birmingham) introduces students to the branch of sociology that investigates the social causes and consequences of health and illness, presenting the ideas, concepts, themes, theories, and research findings. The eighth edition, updating earlier ones from 1978-98, incorporates current issues, debates, and findings. The bibliography is extensive, and each chapter ends with a list of relevant Internet sites. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)