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Part I: Health
1. Lifestyle and the Rise of Epidemiology 2. Nudging and Other Theories of ‘Health Behaviour’ 3. Tertiary Prevention and the Teachable Moment
Part II: Evidence
4. Medicine Acquires a Base 5. RCTs and the Unencumbered Human 6. Systematic Reviews and the Behavioural Turn
Part III: Ethics
7. Medicine Acquires Ethics 8. Consent and the Informed Patient 9. Health, Choice and Human Rights
Kirsten Bell is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Roehampton, UK.
“Health and Other Unassailable Values offers a powerful analysis of
how health is conceptualized in contemporary society and culture.
Bell offers key insights into how supposedly scientific ‘facts’ and
apparently unassailable ‘values’ are socially constructed and
intertwined in ways that make their claims to truth seem not only
obvious but even unquestionable. This is critical social science
thinking at its very best, and promises to make a major
contribution to our understanding of health in contemporary
Richard Parker, Columbia University, USA“Modern medicine seems a complex affair but this original and insightful book shows how it is underpinned by a number of foundational constructs. This broad-ranging and lucid overview explores how current understandings of health, evidence and ethics emerged and so reveals what lies behind our everyday experience of ‘modern’ medicine in the 21st century.”
David Armstrong, King’s College London, UK