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Putting a Name to It: Diagnosis in Contemporary Society

Annemarie Jutel

Finalist, Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize, British Sociological Association

Over a decade after medical sociologist Phil Brown called for a sociology of diagnosis, Putting a Name to It provides the first book-length, comprehensive framework for this emerging subdiscipline of medical sociology.

Diagnosis is central to medicine. It creates social order, explains illness, identifies treatments, and predicts outcomes. Using concepts of medical sociology, Annemarie Goldstein Jutel sheds light on current knowledge about the components of diagnosis to outline how a sociology of diagnosis would function. She situates it within the broader discipline, lays out the directions it should explore, and discusses how the classification of illness and framing of diagnosis relate to social status and order. Jutel explains why this matters not just to doctor-patient relationships but also to the entire medical system. As a result, she argues, the sociological realm of diagnosis encompasses not only the ongoing controversy surrounding revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in psychiatry but also hot-button issues such as genetic screening and pharmaceutical industry disease mongering.

Both a challenge and a call to arms, Putting a Name to It is a lucid, persuasive argument for formalizing, professionalizing, and advancing longstanding practice. Jutel's innovative, open approach and engaging arguments will find support among medical sociologists and practitioners and across much of the medical system.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish Date: Oct 31st, 2014
  • Pages: 200
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.46in - 0.66lb
  • EAN: 9781421415741
  • Categories: DiagnosisHealth PolicyEthics

About the Author

Conrad, Peter: - Peter Conrad is the Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences at Brandeis University. He is the coauthor of Deviance and Medicalization: From Badness to Sickness and coeditor of The Double-Edged Helix, also published by Johns Hopkins.
Jutel, Annemarie: - Annemarie Jutel (WELLINGTON, NZ) is a professor of health and an associate dean at Te Herenga Waka--Victoria University of Wellington. She is the author of Diagnosis: Truths and Tales.
Praise for this book
This thought-provoking book will help all health professionals to become more aware of their communications with patients and families.
--Greta McGough, Nursing Standard
Well written and a surprisingly pleasurable read. It gives the physician a glimpse at how this fundamental element to medicine--making a diagnosis--appears to those most affected by it--the patients. The book also reveals the ways society shapes our understanding of wellness and disease.
--Lisa Sanders, Nature Medicine
With this engaging and fascinating text, [Jutel] has presented a challenge which medical sociology can, and should, take on board.
--Sally Brown, Sociology of Health and Illness
The issues explored in Putting a Name to It, and the questions it raises, are of tremendous importance today, especially for those seeking diagnosis as a means for resources, or rejecting diagnosis' judgments of normativity.
--Rachel May, Disability Studies Quarterly
This book provides a detailed and comprehesive framework for the emerging sub discipline of medical sociology. From a social work perspective, the book was enlightening because of the overview provided on how the classification and framing of diagnosis relate to social order and status . . . Reading this book was a helpful experience.
--Maureen Macann, Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work
Where one could have expected the author to suffice herself with an analysis of social framing and discourse, she brings St. Augustine alongside sociologist Peter Conrad and art history alongside evidence-based-medicine. Jutel joins new research with classical themes and weaves them all in a colorful and detailed tapestry, thus forming a seducing conceptual and theoretical ground for further work.
--Sky Gross, Social Forces
Readers will continue thinking about the content well after the book is read. The book is written in one voice that beautifully weaves a single thread of thought about various social aspects of medical diagnosis. The author provides insights about what many may view as a one-dimensional concept and exposes its multidimensional, social nature.
--Jon C Schommer, PhD, Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Part meditation, part programmatic statement, part intimate reflection, part analytical call to arms, and part sprawling literature review, this accessible book can be read differently by different audiences. . . with each picking up invaluable insights resonant to their particular interests. . . Bursting with insights, the book's true orientation is toward the future. Jutel is not interested in getting in the final word but rather raising provocative questions and suggesting opportunities for subsequent research. In this the book is an unqualified success.
--Owen Whooley, Somatosphere
Jutel joins new research with classical themes and weaves them all in a colorful and detailed tapestry, thus forming a seducing conceptual and theoretical ground for further work.
--Sky Gross, Social Forces
[The book's] use of interesting and detailed examples . . . often convincingly contributes to Jutel's overall argument on diagnoses.
--Tineke Broer, New Genetics and Society
This book's greatest achievement is its engaging style and clear location of scholarly analysis in a clinical context. Jutel never lets the reader forget why diagnosis matters, and she is skilled at making the invisible visible as she explores the myriad ways in which the mysterious process of classifying and naming illness informs the provision of healthcare.
--Times Higher Education
A well-documented, carefully argued manuscript. Jutel's prose was easy to understand, and her book would be quite accessible to the interested lay reader.
By focusing on the process of diagnostic determination, the author promotes the initial development of a theoretical platform for sociological study . . . An important resource for health care professionals, especially those in the social sciences.