The Second Sickness: Contradictions of Capitalist Health Care

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - 238 pages
Since the appearance of Waitzkin's The Second Sickness, a landmark book of the 1980s, American medicine has been dramatically transformed. Waitzkin's earlier edition used qualitative research to take readers inside the "black box" of medical decision making. This new, fully updated and expanded edition retains the earlier edition's vivid approach and adds timely analysis of how managed care and other economic and social forces influence medical practice today.
 

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Contents

Health Care Social Contradictions and the Dilemmas of Reform
3
Social Structures of Medical Oppression
37
The Social Origins of Illness A Neglected History
55
Technology Health Costs and the Structure of Private Profit
77
Social Medicine and the Community
97
The Micropolitics of the DoctorPatient Relationship
119
Medicine and Social Change Lessons from Chile and Cuba
165
Conclusion Health Praxis Reform and Political Struggle
189
Notes
209
Selected Bibliography
227
Index
234
About the Author
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Howard Waitzkin is Professor and Director, Division of Community Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of New Mexico.

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