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Time, Health and Medicine

Time, Health and Medicine

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April 1992 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"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.
Ronald Frankenberg
`Your Time or Mine'
Temporal Contradictions of Biomedical Practice

Cecil Helman
Heart Disease and the Cultural Construction of Time
Hilary Thomas
Time and the Cervix
Franca Pizzini
Women's Time, Institutional Time
Peter Pritchard
Doctors, Patients and Time
Ken Starkey
Time and the Hospital Consultant
Paul Bellaby
Broken Rhythms and Unmet Deadlines
Workers' and Managers' Time-Perspectives

Alan Prout
Work, Time and Sickness in the Lives of Schoolchildren
Pat Allatt
The Dis-ease of Social Change
Time in the Lives of Young Adults and their Families

Barbara Adam
Time and Health Implicated
A Conceptual Critique


`Three chapters are simply superb. They are Paul Bellaby's subtle analysis of the relation between rhythm in manual work and health, absence and deadlines, Alan Prout's detailing of how time economy shaped children's sickness absences from school, and Pat Allatt's sensitive depiction of the effect of the disrupted sociotemporal order on unemployed young adults' sense of well-being. These chapters draw directly on detailed firsthand research. Many insights within the other chapters are interesting and valuable, such as Pritichard's summary of kinds of time, Starkey's observation of possible failure of physicians to rationalize and manage their own time use, and Adam's reminder of the body's physiological temporal organization...this volume provides the groundwork for deepening our understanding of health and medicine by examining time and simultaneously suggests directions for further research' - American Journal of Sociology

`this important collection ranges from the experience of the individual to the political implications of specific contemporary conditions.... this volume usefully provides good empirical material to inform practice. Most importantly, however, these essays as a whole serve as a stimulus and impetus to the increasing acknowledgement of time as a relatively unproblematised area in the social sciences and the rewards and excitement of pursuing cross-disciplinary approaches in order to `dealienate time... to re-view the mutual implication of time and health'. They can therefore be read with interest and benefit by both practitioners in the health field and by anyone who is fascinated by the complexity of time as a background to human culture.' - Sociology of Health and Illness

'It is appropriate that this interesting collection of ten papers around the theme of time should be within the field of medical sociology. It represents a very fruitful merging of sociological and anthropological perspectives, with studies ranging from the experience of individuals in medical settings, to Helman's demonstration of the culture-bound and time-bound nature of the concept of heart disease in Western Industrial Societies... The most thought-provoking paper in the book is Adam's concluding chapter, 'Time and Health Implicated: a coneptual critique'. A beautifully written piece... Few collections of papers are even in quality or wholly coherent in theme. This is better integrated than most and is consistently interesting. As a trail-blazer in area ripe for theoretical development, it can be highly recommended' - Sociology

Ronald Frankenberg

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ISBN: 9780803986787