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The sociology of pharmaceuticals: progress and prospects.
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PMID:  18761505     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper takes a critical look at progress and prospects regarding the sociology of pharmaceuticals over the years. Key themes examined include: (i) medicalisation and pharmaceuticalisation; (ii) regulation; (iii) consumption and consumerism; (iv) expectations and innovation. Papers in the monograph are also introduced and discussed in relation to these themes. The paper concludes with some further comments and reflections on progress and prospects in this field, emphasising the continuing importance of sociological engagement with these personal and political issues in the 21(st) century.
Simon J Williams; Jonathan Gabe; Peter Davis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sociology of health & illness     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1467-9566     ISO Abbreviation:  Sociol Health Illn     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-02     Completed Date:  2008-11-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8205036     Medline TA:  Sociol Health Illn     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  813-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Drug Industry
Legislation, Drug
Pharmaceutical Preparations* / economics
Sociology, Medical*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Pharmaceutical Preparations

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