Sickness Work

Personal Reflections of a Sociologist

  • Gerhard Nijhof

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 117-124

About this book


This is the story of a professor of Medical Sociology, diagnosed with colon cancer. He undergoes the appropriate medical treatment. Passing through that trajectory, he realizes that things happen that he never read about in the professional literature. During his illness and rehabilitation he scribbles down notes about what is happening to him, what he is observing and what things do not tally with his knowledge of the sociological literature. This continuous connection of personal experience with academic literature is what makes this book such a powerful account of the ‘everyday’ life of a sick person.

Recommended to teachers and students in the field of social health research; to everyone who works in health care, professionals as well as volunteers; and to men and women who themselves are experiencing a serious illness.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Gerhard Nijhof
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-0325-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-0326-5
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