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

The Sage Dictionary of Health and Society

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

The Sage Dictionary of Health and Society

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The Sage Dictionary of Health and Society White K (2006) Sage Publications, London; ISBN 0761941169; PB; xiv + 242 pages; AU$62.00

REVIEWER

ANGELA CUSHING

Honorary Research Advisor, School of Nursing

University of Queensland - Ipswich Campus

Ipswich, Queensland

This dictionary is a gem; the language is concise, the text friendly and the prevailing view of health sociology is cleverly demonstrated. White traversed difficult terrain to create a guide to the frequently encountered ideas and words in health sociology and its relevant branches, namely, the sociology of health professions, the sociology of medical knowledge, the sociology of health care and the medicalisation of health. In pursuit of word and meaning, White ventured to the interface of health sociology and medical anthropology, social psychology, medical history, the social history of health, French social theory, health administration and public health.

Nursing was not forgotten. Appearing early is the emotional cost nurses experience in caring for the dying patient. The problem of deskilling is cogently presented. White exposes economic motives behind task fragmentation in the registered nurse's role vis-à-vis the caring responsibilities of enrolled nurses - reduced wages and increased productivity.

The author incorporates the historical background to nursing as a woman's occupation tying it to Florence Nightingale's introduction of 'female' nursing at St Thomas'. …

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