Challenging Medicine by David KelleherChallenging Medicine by David Kelleher

Challenging Medicine

EditorDavid Kelleher, Jonathan Gabe, Gareth Williams

Hardcover | February 16, 2006

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This highly topical and controversial book presents a lively re-appraisal of the current changes to the health service and analyzes their effects on the status and practice of health professionals.

Modern medicine is a powerful institution. With the help of highly-developed drugs and surgical techniques, it promises to relieve suffering, improve the quality of life and extend the life-span. Conversely, it is expensive for the governments, insurance companies and individuals who pay for it and sometimes appears to be insensitive to the needs of those for whom it provides. And while recent restructuring of healthcare delivery services has provided medical practitioners with new challenges, there has been very little consideration of the range of pressures that they now face.

Edited and written by experienced medical sociologists, this book draws together analysis of a number of diverse challenges to medicine, and provides original debate on the challenges posed from within medicine from nurses and managers and alternative practitioners, and from outside by self-help groups, the women's movement and the media.

Gareth Williams is the owner of one of the most extensive collections of chess memorabilia in Europe, a collection that includes sets, boards, clocks, cards, prints, photos, ceramics, and more. He is author of The Amazing Book of Chess and is also a regular contributor to Chess Monthly and The Chess Collector magazines.
Title:Challenging MedicineFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.8 inPublished:February 16, 2006Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415389534

ISBN - 13:9780415389532


Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors  Preface  Understanding Medical Dominance in the Modern World  1. From Tribalism to Corporatism: The Continuing Managerial Challenge to Medical Dominance  2. The Challenge of Nursing 3. Litigation and the Threat to Medicine  4. Television and Medicine: Medical Dominance or Trial by Media? 5. The Alternatives to Medicine 6. Self-help Groups and Their Relationship to Medicine  7. Lay Knowledge and the Privilege of Experience 8. Sex, Gender and Medicine: The Case of the NHS  9. Attacking the Foundations of Modern Medicine? Anti-Vivisection Protest and Medical Science  Index

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the first edition:

'Especially refreshing to see theory interwoven with empirical work.' - The Lancet

'Essential and topical resource...comprehensive appraisal of the role of the medical profession in late twentieth century health care.'  - Ray Fitzpatrick, Nuffield College, Oxford