The standard text in the field, this best-selling introduction to medical sociology presents the most recent and relevant ideas, concepts, themes, issues, debates, and research findings at the cutting-edge of the field. It contains first-person accounts from patients, physicians, and other health care providers; is based on a worldwide review of the literature; provides the most recent health statistics, data, and studies available; and identifies the most important trends and issues. For upper-division undergraduate/beginning graduate-level courses in Medical Sociology, and for Behavioral Science courses in schools of Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing.
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)