Making Sense of Illness Science, Society and Disease

ISBN-10: 0521558255
ISBN-13: 9780521558259
Edition: 1998
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Description: This book offers historical essays about how diseases change their meaning. Each of the diseases or etiologic hypotheses in this book has had a controversial and contested history: psychosomatic views of ulcerative colitis, twentieth-century chronic  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 286
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

This book offers historical essays about how diseases change their meaning. Each of the diseases or etiologic hypotheses in this book has had a controversial and contested history: psychosomatic views of ulcerative colitis, twentieth-century chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, angina pectoris, risk factors for coronary heart disease, and the type A hypothesis. At the core of these controversies are disagreements among investigators, clinicians, and patients over the best way to deal with what individuals bring to disease. By juxtaposing the history of the different diseases, the author shows how values and interests have determined research programs, public health activities, clinical decisions, and the patient's experience of illness. The approach is novel in its interweaving of historical research and the clinical experiences of the author. It should appeal to an audience of physicians, policy makers, social scientists and the general reader interested in broad intellectual currents in modern medicine.

Preface
Introduction
From Myalgic Encephalitis to Yuppie Flu: A History of Chronic Fatigue Syndromes
The Rise and Fall of the Psychosomatic Hypothesis in Ulcerative Colitis
Lyme Disease: The Social Construction of a New Disease and Its Social Consequences
From the Patient's Angina Pectoris to the Cardiologist's Coronary Heart Disease
The Social Construction of Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors
The Rise and Fall of the Type A Hypothesis
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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