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Medicine As Culture : Illness, Disease & the Body in Western Societies - LUPTON, Deborah

Sage, 1995, Paperback ..
Condition: Very Good. Upper wrap slightly dog-eared otherwise a very well presented copy.

Western societies in the late twentieth century are characterized by people's increasing disillusionment with scientific medicine. Paradoxically, there is also an increasing dependence upon biomedicine to provide the answers to social as well as medical problems, and the mythology of the beneficent, god-like physician remains dominant. On the one hand, doctors are criticized for abusing their medical power by controlling or oppressing their patients, for malpractice and indulging in avarice; on the other, in most western societies, access to medical care is widely regarded as a social good and the inalienable right of every person. 182pp. Index. Bibliography. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5˝" approx.)
ISBN: 0803989245

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