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Society, Culture and Health: An introduction to sociology for nurses

By Karen Willis & Shandell Elmer. Published by Oxford University Press, September 2007. Paperback, 300 pages with index. RRP A$59.95/NZ$69.95. ISBN 9780195559071

Examines the sources of ideas about health and illness, including the biomedical model, folk and lay approaches and the influence of the media. Includes coverage of the impact on health of social marginalisation and uses case studies to examine issues such as domestic violence, occupational health, indigenous health and refugee health.

Toxic Exposures: contested illnesses and the environmental health movement

By Phil Brown. Foreword by Lois Gibbs. Published by Columbia University Press 2007. Hardback, 392 pages with index. RRP A$52.95. ISBN: 9780231129480

Brown argues that organised social movements are crucial in recognising and acting to combat environmental diseases. His probing look at the ways scientific findings are made available to the public and the changing nature of policy offers a new perspective on health and the environment and the relationship among people, knowledge, power, and authority.

Thinking about poverty (Third Edition)

Edited by Klaus Serr. Published by The Federation Press, Sydney, 2006. Paperback, 238 pages with index. RRP A$34.95. ISBN 978-1-86287-626-2

How does poverty in Australia relate to global poverty and inequality? Why does poverty persist in the midst of affluence? This book addresses this question and others through bridging the three key learning areas of theory, policy and practice.

Health Care Practice in Australia: policy, context and innovations

Edited by Sandra Taylor, Michele Foster and Jennifer Fleming. Published by Oxford University Press, South Melbourne 2008. Paperback, 328 pages with index. RRP A$59.95. ISBN 978-0-19-555833-3

Explores and analyses the challenges faced by contemporary Australian health professionals, proposes principles for contemporary health care practice, and provides examples of innovations in practice. Introduces some of the key perspectives emerging nationally and internationally in relation to health and illness, policy approaches and practice frameworks.

Death, Dying and the Ending of Life, Volumes I and II

By Margaret P. Battin, Leslie P. Francis and Bruce M. Landesman. Published by Ashgate, September 2007. Hardback 2 volumes, 780 pages. RRP A$475.00. ISBN 0 7546 2174 X

Presents the core of recent philosophical work on end-of-life issues. Volume I examines issues in death and consent. Volume II explores issues of justice and hastening death, examining whether there is a difference between killing and letting die, issues about physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia and questions about distributive justice and decisions about life and death.

Who owns our health? Medical Professionalism, Law and Leadership in the Age of the Market State

By Thomas Faunce. Published by UNSW Press, Sydney 2007. Paperback, 289 pages with index. RRP A$39.95. ISBN 9780868408217

It explores the consequences for our medical profession as the global health-care and pharmaceutical corporations progressively implement a strategy to fully privatise health service delivery and access to medical systems in Australia, as well as through the rest of the developed world and in many rapidly developing Third World countries.

Working with communities in health and human services

By Judy Taylor, David Wilkinson and Brian Cheers. Published by Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2008. Paperback, 291 pages with index. RRP A$65.00. ISBN 978-0-19-555835-7

Theory and concepts for understanding the nature and different types of communities are combined with practical skills for working with communities. This approach enables students to contextualise what is meant by community participation, community development, and collaborative service and program development, with the skills needed by community practitioners.

The anatomist: a true story of Gray's Anatomy

By Bill Hayes. Published by Scribe, Carlton North, February 2008. Paperback, 250 pages with index. RRP A$32.95. ISBN 978-1-021215-89-6

The Anatomist is more than just the story of a book. It is the story of the human body, a story whose beginning and end we all know and share but that, like all great stories, is infinitely rich in between.

The cultures of caregiving: conflict and common ground among families, health professionals and policy makers.

Edited by Carol Levine and Thomas H Murray. Published by Footprint Books, NSW, 2007. Paperback 187 pages with index. RRP A$39.95. ISBN 978-0-8018-8771-0

Topics addressed include family caregivers and the health care system; cultural diversity and family caregiving; the changing relationship between nurses, home care aides, and families; long-term health care policy; images of family caregivers in film; and the ethical dimensions of professional and family responsibilities.

Health in the Americas 2007 - Volumes I (Regional) & II (Countries)

Published by Pan American Health Organisation, 2007. Paperback, 425 pages and 745 pages. ISBN: 978 92 75 11622 9 (2 volume set)

Volume I examines health in the Americas from a Regional perspective. Analyses: the political, social, and economic context of health, as well as demographic and mortality trends; the leading diseases and health problems and efforts to prevent and control them; the structure and functioning of health systems and efforts to reform them, and the scope and impact of international cooperation in health. Volume II tackles these same issues from a national perspective.

Childbirth, politics and the culture of risk

Edited by Reiger, Possamai-Inesedy and Lane. Health Sociology Review Vol 15(4) 2006. Published by eContent Management Pty Ltd. Paperback, 414 pages. RRP A$99 Institutional/$55 Individual. ISBN 978-0-9775242-5-9

Extends the strong social science critique of the ‘medicalisation’ of birth – which has been further impacted by the growth of modern consumerism. It examines the pervasive cultural construction of reproduction as a medical event laden with risk which is in need of technological management. Designed as a course reader for society & risk, maternity & midwifery and nursing & culture courses.

Democratizing Technology: risk responsibility and the regulation of chemicals

By Anne Chapman. Published by Earthscan Books, September 2007.Hardback, 240 pages. RRP A$203.95. ISBN 9781844074211

Focusing on the most widespread and pervasive technology – chemicals – this volume peels apart the critical technology debate to look at the relationship between humans, technology and the biological world.

On Speed: The Many Lives of Amphetamine

By Nicholas Rasmussen. Published by New York University Press, 2008. Hardback, 347 pages with index. RRP A$47.95. ISBN 978-0-814-77601-8

On Speed describes the ups and downs in the history of amphetamines, and their remarkable pervasiveness. Today's most popular diet-assistance drugs differ little from the “diet pills” of years gone by, and some of our most popular recreational drugs are also amphetamines.

Epidemiology: Concepts and Methods

By William O. Oleckno. Published by Waveland Press, IL, USA 2008. Paperback, 613 pages with index. ISBN 978-1-57766-216-7

This introductory book covers the salient aspects of the study of epidemiology, including nature of uses of epidemiology, its historical foundations, and disease-related concepts. It also discusses statistical methods used in epidemiology, screening for the detection of disease and public health surveillance.

Critical thinking in health and social care

By Stella Jones-Devitt and Liz Smith. Published by Sage Publications, London, August 2007. Paperback, 184 pages with index. RRP A$139.61. ISBN 9781412920698

Designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and tools they need to critically examine practice in their own workplace.