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"Weitz skillfully writes in a way that will reach students of many disciplines and levels. This is perhaps the most comprehensive and well-written text that I have reviewed. I envision the content and presentation to be relevant for students majoring in Sociology, Public Health, Nursing and Health Sciences, as well as helping professions such as Social Work."

"[This book] continues to be a comprehensive review of the health care system, especially the changes that often overwhelm and contribute to the health care crisis in the United States. The updated additions … help students become informed on relevant issues that impact their future lives and an ever-changing health status of world populations. I would highly recommend this text to anyone searching for an accessible and authoritative text on the sociology of health and illness."

About the Author

Rose Weitz received her doctoral degree from Yale University in 1978. Since then, she has carved an exceptional record as both a scholar and a teacher. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles, the book Life with AIDS (Rutgers, 1991), and the book Rapunzel's Daughters: What Women's Hair Tells Us about Women's Lives (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004). She is also coauthor of Labor Pains: Modern Midwives and Home Birth (Yale University Press, 1988) and editor of The Politics of Women's Bodies: Appearance, Sexuality, and Behaviour (published by Oxford University Press and now in its third edition). Prof. Weitz has won two major teaching awards at Arizona State University, as well as the Pacific Sociological Associations Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, and she has been a finalist for other teaching awards numerous times.
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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6 edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111828792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111828790
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Leung on February 15, 2014
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I bought htis book for my medical sociology course. I really like it and I decided not to sell the book at the end of the semester. It's a medium sized book, not too heavy and big. I like the topics presented in this book and how they affect society's health as a whole. The book also make me think about things that I don't think are even a problem. For instance, the medicalization of childbirth or assisted reproduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fran on February 26, 2013
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Wow. I rented this book because it is required for the sociology class I'm taking this semester and I must say, there are many grammatical/spelling errors in this book! I wonder if she got this book peer reviewed? Was it read by an editor? Shocking! Otherwise, it's easy to understand, so that's a plus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wifey on December 1, 2012
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Clear and concise information. I ordered this for school, and was discovered I actually liked my book. If you are interested in the social aspects of health care.. buy it!
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By rkuhn on June 20, 2013
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I have been putting taking the class " sociology of health and illness" for about a year now, I assumed that it would be a soul draining piece of boredom.. I took it this semester, This book was required reading. I was amazed at how interesting and informative this topic was! This book was well written and interesting. I was stunned at some of the information contain within.
I am a nursing student. I only was interested in understanding the science behind health. After taking this class and reading this book I came to understand that there are many more important aspect of health care that I had been neglecting.
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dated information in this text book needs to be updated. Many grammatical mistakes which you would not expect to find in a college level textbook. This book is very small and yet its retail is $170 this is legalized crime. The author gives a narrow sociological-only perspective on complex topics.
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By Johnna on February 2, 2015
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Honestly, its not terrible to read. I prefer text books that have a more structured breakdown, larger margins with definitions and secondary information. The set up of this book made it difficult to relocate specific bits of information for review.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By carla m. on January 31, 2014
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This book cost $136 used it is a small book, Used it is really worth $15. It is a crime to overcharge for books and make them required for a class.
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