Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Health Sociology: An Australian Perspective

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Health Sociology: An Australian Perspective

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Health Sociology: An Australian Perspective Gray D (2006) Pearson Education, Australia; ISBN 1741032369; PB; vi + 312 pages; AU$62.95

REVIEWER

ALLY HUTTON

Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Flinders University

Adelaide SA, Australia

It is now the norm for the teaching of health sciences to incorporate a sociological focus and David Gray's text is a well-written and accessible introduction to health sociology for undergraduate students in nursing and other disciplines. Gray's explanations of sociological concepts are at a level that should give people new to sociology an overview of the historical, social and cultural perspectives influencing healthcare in Australia.

The book is set up in three parts, the first starting with Parson's sick role and the doctor/patient relationship. In this section, the author places emphasis on health professionals' positioning of the people in their care from the point of view of a Marxist, structuralist and functionalist approach. This serves as the theoretical under-pinning for the discussion of health and healthcare consumers in the remainder of the text. …

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