Living with medicine

Sonali Shah and Mark Priestley

in Disability and social change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427878
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302070 | DOI:
Living with medicine

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This chapter looks at the role of medical institutions and medical authority in the lives of young people with physical impairments. It illustrates change in the influence of health professions over non-medical decisions in people's lives, and change in medical and therapeutic regimes. The chapter examines the influence of health professionals, policies, and institutions on the life expectations and life pathways of three generations.

Keywords: medical institutions; medical authority; disabled people; therapeutic regimes; health professionals

Chapter.  9140 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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