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The sociology of medical screening: past, present and future

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posted on 07.03.2012, 10:54 by Natalie Armstrong, Helen Eborall
Medical screening raises fundamental issues for sociological inquiry, but at present a well-developed sociology of medical screening is lacking. This special issue on the sociology of screening brings together an exciting collection of new work that tackles medical screening from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. In this opening paper, we begin by explaining what we mean by screening, and why we believe screening merits sociological attention. Secondly, we reflect on the sociology of screening to date and provide an introduction for those new to this area. We then provide an overview of the papers in this collection, highlighting links and contrasts between papers. We conclude by reflecting on sociology’s potential contribution to wider debates about screening, and propose future research directions.

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Citation

Sociology of Health and Illness: a journal of medical sociology, 2012, 34 (2), pp.161-176.

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND PSYCHOLOGY/School of Medicine/Department of Health Sciences

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Sociology of Health and Illness: a journal of medical sociology

Publisher

Blackwell Publishing

issn

0141-9889

eissn

1467-9566

Copyright date

2011

Available date

27/02/2013

Publisher version

http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/shil_enhanced/

Notes

The definitive version is available at www.wileyonlinelibrary.com.

Language

en

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