Edited by Jonathan Gabe, David Kelleher, Gareth Williams
Routledge – 1994 – 232 pages
Challenging Medicine offers a lively appraisal of the current challenges to the dominance of medicine in the health service and analyzes their effects on the status and practice of health professionals. In particular, it assesses the challenges posed from within the health care system by nurses and managers and from outside forces ranging from alternative practitioners and self-help groups to the women's movement and the media.
Edited and written by experienced medical sociologists, Challenging Medicine will provide a valuable text for medical sociology students as well as for health care professionals in training and in practice.
`… especially refreshing to see theory interwoven with emprical work.' - The Lancet
`Essential and topical resource … comprehensive appraisal of the role of the medical profession in late twentieth century health care' Ray Fitzpatrick, Nuffield College, Oxford.
`an accessible and very interesting account of some of the important influences on the medical profession in modern society … useful to anyone interested in getting a broad overview of some of the major factors that are currently shaping and influencing medical power and control.' - Health Services News