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Title: The sociology of medical screening: past, present and future
Authors: Armstrong, Natalie
Eborall, Helen
First Published: 27-Feb-2012
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Citation: Sociology of Health and Illness: a journal of medical sociology, 2012, 34 (2), pp.161-176.
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01441.x
ISSN: 0141-9889
eISSN: 1467-9566
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2011 The Authors. Sociology of Health & Illness © 2011 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Deposited with reference to the journal's archiving policy available on the journal's website.
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