"Each chapter of this work contributes insights and observations about how time affects health, medical practice, or the relationship between time and the patient's or the practitioner's experience." --American Journal of Sociology Until now, the study of time has been largely neglected as it relates to the scientific study of health and medical care. Time, Health and Medicine addresses the issue of time and demonstrates that a thorough understanding of time is essential to the act of diagnosing chronic and acute conditions and to the organizational flow of medical practice. Individual contributors focus on varying aspects of the management of time by patient, doctor and institution, and on the wide social context of time concerns of family, industry, and polity. A recurrent element is the importance of time within the relationship between health, medicine, and work. The contrasts of time and the medical exigencies of clock and calendar are also explored. Offering fresh insights into the social scientific analysis of health and medicine, and the study of time from a sociological and anthropological perspective, this book will be of interest to those studying medicine and to the growing area of the social study of time.
`Your Time or Mine'
Heart Disease and the Cultural Construction of Time
Time and the Cervix
Women's Time, Institutional Time
Doctors, Patients and Time
Time and the Hospital Consultant
Broken Rhythms and Unmet Deadlines
Work, Time and Sickness in the Lives of Schoolchildren
The Dis-ease of Social Change
Time and Health Implicated