Medicine in Society: Behavioural sciences for medical students

Cornish, Yvonne (2003) Medicine in Society: Behavioural sciences for medical students. Review of: Medicine in Society: Behavioural sciences for medical students by Dowrick, Christopher. Public Health, 117 (2). p. 145. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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I initially found the title of this volume rather misleading, as it contains neither an analysis of the role of medicine in society, nor confines itself to what most readers would probably include in the category of ‘behavioural sciences’. It is, in fact, an edited collection of contributions from across the social and behavioural sciences—drawing on disciplines as diverse as medical ethics, the sociology of health and illness, epidemiology, health psychology, health economics, health promotion, health policy and health service management. It is, however, very much aimed at medical students, and sets out to offer them a ‘framework for understanding all of these…within one readable volume’. The emphasis on the educational needs of medical students is further reinforced in the book's introduction, which outlines the contribution of the behavioural sciences to the practice of medicine, and includes a section on becoming a doctor. In spite of this medical focus, however, it is suggested that this collection will be of wider interest, particularly to students of dentistry, nursing, and the allied health professions. Is there anything in here to interest the student of public health?

Item Type: Review
Uncontrolled keywords: behavioural sciences, medicine, society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2010 13:08
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 10:46
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