Mundane Medicine, Therapeutic Relationships, and the Clinical Encounter: Current and Future Agendas for Sociology

  • Carl May
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


Since the 1950s, a long period of peace and steady economic growth in advanced economies has permitted the diversion of capital into both coordinated taxation or insurance based health services and a concomitant expansion in educational and professional infrastructures for health professionals. Sociological writings over the past 40 years have shown how these have provided a foundation for large scale developments in health services and massive R&D networks. These, in combination with increasing affluence, have meant major improvements in population health (Moran 1999; Starr 1982).


Chronic Illness Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Healthcare Work Clinical Encounter Healthcare Provision 
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I gratefully acknowledge a personal research fellowship awarded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (Grant RES 0002 700 84) that supported the work leading up to this chapter, which builds on a contribution to the inaugural seminar for the journal Chronic Illness (May 2005). I thank Chris Dowrick, Catherine Exley, Tracy Finch, Linda Gask, Catherine Exley, Frances Mair, Chris May, Tiago Moreira, Tim Rapley and Anne Rogers for their helpful comments on this work at various stages of its development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Health and SocietyNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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