Keywords for Health Humanities (Paperback)

Keywords for Health Humanities By Sari Altschuler (Editor), Jonathan M. Metzl (Editor), Priscilla Wald (Editor) Cover Image

Keywords for Health Humanities (Paperback)

By Sari Altschuler (Editor), Jonathan M. Metzl (Editor), Priscilla Wald (Editor)


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Introduces key concepts and debates in health humanities and the health professions.

Keywords for Health Humanities provides a rich, interdisciplinary vocabulary for the burgeoning field of health humanities and, more broadly, for the study of medicine and health. Sixty-five entries by leading international scholars examine current practices, ideas, histories, and debates around health and illness, revealing the social, cultural, and political factors that structure health conditions and shape health outcomes.

Presenting possibilities for health justice and social change, this volume exposes readers--from curious beginners to cultural analysts, from medical students to health care practitioners of all fields--to lively debates about the complexities of health and illness and their ethical and political implications. A study of the vocabulary that comprises and shapes a broad understanding of health and the practices of healthcare, Keywords for Health Humanities guides readers toward ways to communicate accurately and effectively while engaging in creative analytical thinking about health and healthcare in an increasingly complex world--one in which seemingly straightforward beliefs and decisions about individual and communal health represent increasingly contested terrain.

The online essays for all Keywords titles can be found here:
Sari Altschuler (Editor) Sari Altschuler is Associate Professor of English and the founding director of Health, Humanities, and Society at Northeastern University. She is the author of The Medical Imagination: Literature and Health in the Early United States. Jonathan M. Metzl (Editor) Jonathan M. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the director of the Department of Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University. His books include The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease, Prozac on the Couch: Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonder Drugs, Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality, and Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland, which won the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Book Award. Priscilla Wald (Editor) Priscilla Wald is R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English at Duke University and author of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative and Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form.
Product Details ISBN: 9781479808106
ISBN-10: 1479808105
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: August 29th, 2023
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Keywords