The Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology is a comprehensive collection of twenty-six original essays by leading medical sociologists from all over the world. The articles are organized both topically and by region to provide thorough coverage of the concerns, issues, and future directions of the discipline. Editor William C. Cockerham contributes a fine introductory chapter that analyzes the field and then organizes the book in two parts. Part I covers the substantive areas of medical sociology, including essays on the sociology of the body, women's health, work stress, and the modern health care system. Part II then applies those subjects to individual countries and societies in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa to provide a comparative reference for the most important topics in the field. This Companion thoroughly demonstrates that every region has its own unique medical perspectives and practices. This invaluable resource is the most informed, complete, and up-to-date reference on transnational medical sociology available today.
William C. Cockerham is Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Alabama, with dual appointments in the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health. He is the author of The Global Society (1994), The Aging Society (1996), Health and Social Change in Russia and Eastern Europe (1999), Sociology of Mental Disorder (fifth edition, 1999), and Medical Sociology (eighth edition, 2001), and co-editor of Dictionary of Medical Sociology (1997) and Readings in Medical Sociology (second edition, 2001).