Mama Might Be Better Off Dead

Mama Might Be Better Off Dead
The Failure of Health Care in Urban America

by Laurie Kaye Abraham

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2019-05-10
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 022662384X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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North Lawndale, a neighborhood that lies in the shadows of Chicago’s Loop, is surrounded by some of the city’s finest medical facilities, Yet, it is one of the sickest, most medically underserved communities in the country. Mama Might Be Better Off Dead immerses readers in the lives of four generations of a poor, African-American family in the neighborhood, who are beset with the devastating illnesses that are all too common in America’s inner-cities. Headed by Jackie Banes, who oversees the care of a diabetic grandmother, a husband on kidney dialysis, an ailing father, and three children, the Banes family contends with countless medical crises. From visits to emergency rooms and dialysis units, to trials with home care, to struggles for Medicaid eligibility, Laurie Kaye Abraham chronicles their access—or more often, lack thereof—to medical care. Told sympathetically but without sentimentality, their story reveals an inadequate health care system that is further undermined by the direct and indirect effects of poverty. Both disturbing and illuminating, Mama Might Be Better Off Dead is an unsettling, profound look at the human face of health care in America. Published to great acclaim in 1993, the book in this new edition includes an incisive foreword by David Ansell, a physician who worked at Mt. Sinai Hospital, where much of the Banes family’s narrative unfolds.

Mama Might be Better Off Dead

Mama Might be Better Off Dead
The Failure of Health Care in Urban America

by Laurie Abraham

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1993
  • Pages : 289
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Handbook of the Sociology of Gender

Handbook of the Sociology of Gender
A Book

by Janet Saltzman Chafetz

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2006-11-22
  • Pages : 630
  • ISBN : 0387362185
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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During the past three decades, feminist scholars have successfully demonstrated the ubiq uity and omnirelevance of gender as a sociocultural construction in virtually all human collectivities, past and present. Intrapsychic, interactional, and collective social processes are gendered, as are micro, meso, and macro social structures. Gender shapes, and is shaped, in all arenas of social life, from the most mundane practices of everyday life to those of the most powerful corporate actors. Contemporary understandings of gender emanate from a large community of primarily feminist scholars that spans the gamut of learned disciplines and also includes non-academic activist thinkers. However, while in corporating some cross-disciplinary material, this volume focuses specifically on socio logical theories and research concerning gender, which are discussed across the full array of social processes, structures, and institutions. As editor, I have explicitly tried to shape the contributions to this volume along several lines that reflect my long-standing views about sociology in general, and gender sociology in particular. First, I asked authors to include cross-national and historical material as much as possible. This request reflects my belief that understanding and evaluating the here-and-now and working realistically for a better future can only be accomplished from a comparative perspective. Too often, American sociology has been both tempero- and ethnocentric. Second, I have asked authors to be sensitive to within-gender differences along class, racial/ethnic, sexual preference, and age cohort lines.

The Alchemy of Illness

The Alchemy of Illness
A Book

by Kat Duff

  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release : 1993
  • Pages : 159
  • ISBN : 9780679420538
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Discusses the meaning of illness and health, looks at western attitudes towards illness, and describes the lessons we learn from being sick

--and the Pursuit of National Health

--and the Pursuit of National Health
The Incremental Strategy Toward National Health Insurance in the United States of America

by Jaap Kooijman

  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Release : 1999
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN : 9789042007666
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Why is there no national health insurance in the United States of America? This question became popular again when President Bill Clinton's Health Security Plan of 1993 proved to be a failure. Throughout the twentieth century, every attempt to enact a national health insurance program failed. The majority of the working population is covered by private, employer-based health insurance, the elderly and welfare poor by the government programs Medicare and Medicaid of 1965, while a growing number of Americans remain uninsured. This study focuses on two important decisions that have shaped American health care policy: the exclusion of national health insurance from the Social Security Act of 1935 and the shift of focus from a health insurance program for the working population to a hospital insurance program for the elderly and the welfare poor. Based on presidential archives and the papers of social security policymakers, this study examines the incremental strategy to achieve health insurance coverage for all Americans. The result is a compelling history of political compromise that will be of interest to both the scholars of the welfare state and the scholars of American ideology and exceptionalism.

Community Health Equity

Community Health Equity
A Chicago Reader

by Fernando De Maio,Raj C. Shah, MD,John Mazzeo,David A. Ansell, MD

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2019-03-29
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 022661476X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Perhaps more than any other American city, Chicago has been a center for the study of both urban history and economic inequity. Community Health Equity assembles a century of research to show the range of effects that Chicago’s structural socioeconomic inequalities have had on patients and medical facilities alike. The work collected here makes clear that when a city is sharply divided by power, wealth, and race, the citizens who most need high-quality health care and social services have the greatest difficulty accessing them. Achieving good health is not simply a matter of making the right choices as an individual, the research demonstrates: it’s the product of large-scale political and economic forces. Understanding these forces, and what we can do to correct them, should be critical not only to doctors but to sociologists and students of the urban environment—and no city offers more inspiring examples for action to overcome social injustice in health than Chicago.

Health Care Off the Books

Health Care Off the Books
Poverty, Illness, and Strategies for Survival in Urban America

by Danielle T. Raudenbush

  • Publisher : University of California Press
  • Release : 2020-02-11
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 0520305620
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Millions of low-income African Americans in the United States lack access to health care. How do they treat their health care problems? In Health Care Off the Books, Danielle T. Raudenbush provides an answer that challenges public perceptions and prior scholarly work. Informed by three and a half years of fieldwork in a public housing development, Raudenbush shows how residents who face obstacles to health care gain access to pharmaceutical drugs, medical equipment, physician reference manuals, and insurance cards by mobilizing social networks that include not only their neighbors but also local physicians. However, membership in these social networks is not universal, and some residents are forced to turn to a robust street market to obtain medicine. For others, health problems simply go untreated. Raudenbush reconceptualizes U.S. health care as a formal-informal hybrid system and explains why many residents who do have access to health services also turn to informal strategies to treat their health problems. While the practices described in the book may at times be beneficial to people’s health, they also have the potential to do serious harm. By understanding this hybrid system, we can evaluate its effects and gain new insight into the sources of social and racial disparities in health outcomes.

Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Health Professionals

Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Health Professionals
A Book

by Donna Nickitas,Donna J. Middaugh,Nancy Aries

  • Publisher : Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Release : 2011
  • Pages : 378
  • ISBN : 0763756598
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals: Advocacy and Action provides a nursing focus within an interdisciplinary approach, which intertwines to create an understanding of economics, politics, and policy in relation to health care. Contributors to this text offer future nurses and healthcare providers keen insight about clinical practice and its derivation from regulation, laws, and policies that have roots in public policy and politics. This innovative text also offers practical knowledge on how healthcare professionals can get involved and be proactive in the policy that directly affects their profession and patients. Key pedagogical features include chapter objectives, summaries, examples, boxed articles, case studies, review questions, key terms, photographs, and a tool kit that includes a "skills" section.

Public Privates

Public Privates
Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum

by Terri Kapsalis

  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release : 1997
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 9780822319214
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The quintessential examination of women, gynecology is not simply the study of women's bodies, but also serves to define and constitute them. From J. Marion Sims's surgical experiments on unanesthetized slave women in the mid-19th century to the use of cadavers and prostitutes to teach medical students gynecological techniques, Kapsalis focuses on the ways in which women and their bodies have been treated by the medical establishment. 34 photos.

Reader's Guide to the History of Science

Reader's Guide to the History of Science
A Book

by Arne Hessenbruch

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2013-12-16
  • Pages : 965
  • ISBN : 1134263015
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Reader's Guide to the History of Science looks at the literature of science in some 550 entries on individuals (Einstein), institutions and disciplines (Mathematics), general themes (Romantic Science) and central concepts (Paradigm and Fact). The history of science is construed widely to include the history of medicine and technology as is reflected in the range of disciplines from which the international team of 200 contributors are drawn.

Caring for the Vulnerable

Caring for the Vulnerable
Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research

by Mary De Chesnay

  • Publisher : Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 473
  • ISBN : 9780763747640
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This text explores vulnerability from the perspective of individuals, groups, communities, and populations, and addresses the implication of that vulnerability for nurses, nursing, and nursing care. Organized into six units, the text presents a basic structure for caring for the vulnerable, and forms a theoretical perspective on caring within a cultural context, with the ultimate goal of providing culturally competent care. Written specifically for nurses, by nurses, Caring for the Vulnerable is a timely and necessary response to the culturally diverse vulnerable populations for whom nurses must provide appropriate and precise care.

Communication and Disenfranchisement

Communication and Disenfranchisement
Social Health Issues and Implications

by Eileen Berlin Ray

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2013-12-02
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN : 1136689796
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This volume and its companion case studies book deal with some of the people, groups, and classes who are living a disenfranchised existence in the United States. Whether through birth, life events, or unfortunate circumstances, they are denied full privileges, rights, and power within the existing societal structure. Centered around societal health problems as they relate to socioeconomic status, family, abuse, and health concerns, these volumes examine salient issues from several theoretical frameworks, including feminist theory and the social construction of reality. Communication and Disenfranchisement provides theory-based essays on topics such as the homeless, adult survivors of sexual assault, battered women, persons with disabilities, impoverished women, the indigent living in the inner city, persons with HIV/AIDS, the terminally ill, and the elderly. Case Studies in Communication and Disenfranchisement provides parallel case studies, applying the issues and concepts discussed in the essays. Used together, these books provide theoretically-based applications of social health issues within a communication framework. Traditionally, health communication research has emphasized the communication-physical health relationship. Inadvertently, this primary focus has restricted what information has been included under the domain of health communication. These books expand that domain by examining how the communication-disenfranchisement relationship is accomplished, managed, and overcome, and by recognizing the significance of the pragmatic and theoretic implications of this inquiry.

Exploring Medical Anthropology

Exploring Medical Anthropology
A Book

by Donald Joralemon

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2017-03-16
  • Pages : 156
  • ISBN : 1315470594
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Now in its fourth edition, Exploring Medical Anthropology provides a concise and engaging introduction to medical anthropology. It presents competing theoretical perspectives in a balanced fashion, highlighting points of conflict and convergence. Concrete examples and the author’s personal research experiences are utilized to explain some of the discipline’s most important insights, such as that biology and culture matter equally in the human experience of disease and that medical anthropology can help to alleviate human suffering. The text has been thoroughly updated for the fourth edition, including fresh case studies and a new chapter on drugs. It contains a range of pedagogical features to support teaching and learning, including images, text boxes, a glossary, and suggested further reading.

Navigating Private and Public Healthcare

Navigating Private and Public Healthcare
Experiences of Patients, Doctors and Policy-Makers

by Fran Collyer,Karen Willis

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2019-11-30
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9813292083
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This edited collection focuses on the global growth of privatisation and private sector medicine in both developed and lesser developed countries, and the impact of this on patients, health workers, managers and policy-makers. Drawing upon sociological theories, concepts and insights, as well as experts from several countries with extensive experience in researching the field either nationally or internationally, the collection offers a unique perspective on healthcare services and healthcare systems: a view from those trying to access healthcare services, working inside health systems, or responsible for managing and organising services. Collectively, the chapters contribute an international perspective on the navigation of healthcare systems, and addresses the growing salience of ‘choice’ between public and private medicine in a variety of different national systems and contexts.

Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow

Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow
Black Women, Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present

by Jacqueline Jones

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2009-12-29
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 0465021107
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The forces that shaped the institution of slavery in the American South endured, albeit in altered form, long after slavery was abolished. Toiling in sweltering Virginia tobacco factories or in the kitchens of white families in Chicago, black women felt a stultifying combination of racial discrimination and sexual prejudice. And yet, in their efforts to sustain family ties, they shared a common purpose with wives and mothers of all classes. In Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow, historian Jacqueline Jones offers a powerful account of the changing role of black women, lending a voice to an unsung struggle from the depths of slavery to the ongoing fight for civil rights.

Case Studies in Communication and Disenfranchisement

Case Studies in Communication and Disenfranchisement
Applications To Social Health Issues

by Eileen Berlin Ray

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2013-12-02
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1136689362
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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See blurb for Communication and Disenfranchisement. Books will be promoted together.

Medicaid Politics and Policy

Medicaid Politics and Policy
Second Edition

by David G. Smith,Judith D. Moore

  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Release : 2015-06-30
  • Pages : 450
  • ISBN : 141285640X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The story of Medicaid comes alive for readers in this strong narrative, including detailed accounts of important policy changes and extensive use of interviews. A central theme of the book is that Medicaid is a “weak entitlement,” one less established or effectively defended than Medicare or Social Security, but more secure than welfare or food stamps. In their analysis, the authors argue that the future of Medicaid is sound. It has the flexibility to be adapted by states as well as to allow for policy innovation. At the same time, the program lacks an effective mechanism for overall reform. They note Medicaid has become a source of perennial political controversy as it has grown to become the largest health insurance system in the country. The book’s dual emphasis on politics and policy is important in making the arcane Medicaid program accessible to readersand in distinguishing policy grounded in analysis from partisan ideology. This second edition features a new preface, three new chapters accounting for the changes to the Affordable Care Act, and an updated glossary.

The Art of Revitalization

The Art of Revitalization
Improving Conditions in Distressed Inner-City Neighborhoods

by Sean Zielenbach

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2002-05-03
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 1135577447
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book discusses the revitalization of decayed inner-city neighborhoods. It explores the role of social capital in stabilizing and turning around distressed communities, and it highlights the roles that local actors can and do play in the revitalization process. The Art of Revitalization takes two Chicago neighborhoods, Englewood and North Lawndale, as case studies. Zielenbach discusses them in the context of racial change and urban decay in Chicago since World War II. The account of the changing neighborhoods is fascinating and clear, and the strength of the author's portrayal of Chicago's transformation sets the stage for his detailed analysis.

The Coming Plague

The Coming Plague
Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

by Laurie Garrett

  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release : 1994-10-31
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN : 1429953276
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A New York Times bestseller The definitive account of the infectious diseases threatening humanity by Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist Laurie Garrett "Prodigiously researched . . . A frightening vision of the future and a deeply unsettling one." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times After decades spent assuming that the conquest of infectious disease was imminent, people on all continents now find themselves besieged by AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, cholera that defies chlorine water treatment, and exotic viruses that can kill in a matter of hours. Relying on extensive interviews with leading experts in virology, molecular biology, disease ecology, and medicine, as well as field research in sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Central America, and the United States, Laurie Garrett's The Coming Plague takes readers from the savannas of eastern Bolivia to the rain forests of the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo on a harrowing, fifty year journey through the history of our battles with microbes. This book is a work of investigative reportage like no other and a wake-up call to a world that has become complacent in the face of infectious disease—one that offers a sobering and prescient warning about the dangers of ignoring the coming plague.

Bodies in a Broken World

Bodies in a Broken World
Women Novelists of Color and the Politics of Medicine

by Ann Folwell Stanford

  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release : 2003
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN : 9780807854808
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this multidisciplinary study, Ann Folwell Stanford reads literature written by U.S. women of color to propose a rethinking of modern medical practice, arguing that personal health and social justice are inextricably linked. Drawing on feminist ethics t