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Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays

Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays Lowest new price: $14.43
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Author: Thomas Szasz
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Defining "medicalization" as the perception of nonmedical conditions as medical problems and nondiseases as diseases, Thomas Szasz has devoted much of his career to exposing the dangers of "medicalizing" the conditions of some who simply refuse to conform to society's expectations. Szasz argues that modern psychiatry's tireless ambition to explain the human condition has led to the treatment of life's difficulties and oddities as clinical illnesses rather than as humanity revealed in its fullness.
This collection of impassioned essays, published between 1973 and 2006, chronicles the author's long campaign against the orthodoxies of psychiatry. From "Medicine to Magic" to "Medicine as Social Control", the book delves into the fascinating history of medicalization, including "The Discovery of Drug Addiction," "Persecutions for Witchcraft and Drugcraft," and "Food Abuse and Foodaholism." In a society that has little tolerance for those who live outside its rules, Dr. Szasz's writings are as relevant today as ever.


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Unforeseen Journey

Unforeseen Journey Lowest new price: $11.99
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Author: John Roche

Prepare yourself for this raw and honest account of the author’s experience of caring for his mother in his home for ten years, including the end of life sequences involved. This emotional testimony is the definition of love itself, demonstrated in the care provided, but also shows the stresses and strains put upon the caregiver. As uplifting and satisfying as this labor of love can be, there are also life changing consequences to the caregiver, including exhaustion and burnout. The goal of this book is to help caregivers avoid the negative effect of these feelings and to assure that the family member receives excellent care until the very end of life. The downfalls of informal or family caregiving, along with the motivation and strategies to avoid them, are presented based on the author’s experiences while caring for his aging mother.

A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox

A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox Lowest new price: $7.99
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Author: Anthony Weston

Taking a refreshingly hands-on approach to introductory ethics, A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox provides students with a set of tools to help them understand and make a constructive difference in real-life moral controversies. Thoroughly optimistic, it invites students to approach ethical issues with a reconstructive intent, making room for more and better options than the traditional "pro" and "con" positions that have grown up around tough problems like abortion and animal rights.
Ideal for introductory and applied ethics courses, this unique text does not treat ethics as a purely academic, historical, or theoretical subject, but as a wide-ranging and ongoing set of challenges that calls for multiple and interwoven kinds of intelligence. It covers the skills that are most vital to making real progress in ethics, including paying careful attention to the values at stake on all sides of an issue; looking for creative opportunities within difficult problems; critical-thinking skills such as defining key terms and making sure to judge similar cases alike; and learning how to engage in constructive dialogue. Instructors can readily use the experiential and applied activities inspired by this "toolbox" of practical skills to design an interactive and collaborative ethics course. Students can carry these essential skills directly from this book into such projects as campaigning for environmental awareness and staffing local homeless shelters.
In addition to his own discussion, Weston includes gripping and provocative short selections from essayists, activists, and philosophers, and also cites his own students. Extensive "Exercises and Notes" sections end each chapter, and a detailed appendix offers instructors advice on how to use the Toolbox in the classroom.

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Reenvisioning Psychology: Moral Dimensions of Theory and Practice

Reenvisioning Psychology: Moral Dimensions of Theory and Practice Lowest new price: $108.11
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Author: Frank C. Richardson
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In the twentieth century, the practice of psychology has usually been based on a scientific or objective theory of human behavior. Today, an influential countermovement, often called social constructionism, argues that there is no basis for our beliefs or values beyond the swirl of meanings and practices in a particular community or era. Re-envisioning Psychology examines the increasing dissatisfaction with both scientific and social constructionist viewpoints and presents a sweeping new vision of theory and practice in psychology.

"Re-envisioning Psychology is a breath of fresh air, a clear and resounding voice that provides an intellectual and moral direction that, if heeded and built upon, could lead psychology out of the confusion and political collusion in which it is currently mired. Richardson, Fowers, and Guignon have imaginatively applied interpretive and dialogic concepts to the most troubling aspects of theory and practice. If psychology is going to be saved from its own worst tAndencies, this book will be an indispensable element in its turning."
--Philip Cushman, associate professor, California School of Professional Psychology and author of Constructing the Self, Constructing America: A Cultural History of Psychotherapy


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Ethics and Values in Applied Social Research (Applied Social Research Methods)

Ethics and Values in Applied Social Research (Applied Social Research Methods) Lowest new price: $94.54
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Author: Allan J. Kimmel
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With the primary objective of raising ethical sensibility, this volume details the ethical problems and dilemmas faced by applied social science researchers. Issues such as the use of deception, the participant′s right to privacy and informed consent, and the potential harm of public disclosure are confronted. The author discusses the need to review ethical problems and their implications in the context of current ethical standards in both society and the scientific community. Case studies illustrate unanticipated ethical dilemmas which might emerge during a research project. Issues are presented and interpreted clearly so that their complexity can be penetrated and potential solutions envisioned. The volume also includes specific methodolo


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The Gift

The Gift Lowest new price: $25.99
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Author: Phil Borges
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Extraordinary photographic portraits, in concert with the words of medical volunteers and children they treat in Peru and Vietnam, tell a very special story of giving -- offering a compelling and moving look at the sometimes surprising and unexpected ways that giving of ourselves to help others can touch and transform our own lives.

by Phil Borges; prologue by Joan Baez, foreword by Diane Ackerman


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The Complete Guide to Natural Healing

The Complete Guide to Natural Healing Lowest new price: $3.30
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Author: Tom Monte

Provides natural remedies and treatments for more than 120 different illnesses, complete with detailed information on dieting, proper nutrition, homeopathy, bodywork, exercise, herbal remedies, and more. Original."

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The Book of 1,001 Home Health Remedies

The Book of 1,001 Home Health Remedies Lowest new price: $1.77
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Author: Natural Healing Newsletter

With the invaluable assistance of Dr. Mark Anders, the editors of FC&A have compiled a health book of symptoms and treatments for some of today's most common medical problems. Find out if your symptoms say you need a doctor NOW, if they'll wait until regular office hours, or will just clear up on their own. Using information pulled from the most recent peer-reviewed journals (research and reviews written by doctors for doctors), this quick reference book will help you understand and respond to your bodies cries for help. You'll learn the difference between a heart attack an attack of heartburn - whether your condition calls for an ambulance or just an antacid. Even better, The Health Answer Book arms you with the information you need to get well, whether this means making a doctor's appointment or using one of the 600 plus home remedies to heal yourself. You'll also find plenty of tips on preventing such problems again in the future. With this book at your side, you can translate the signals your body sends you into a longer, happier, healthier life.

Pregnancy, Risk and Biopolitics: On the Threshold of the Living Subject (Transformations)

Pregnancy, Risk and Biopolitics: On the Threshold of the Living Subject (Transformations) Lowest new price: $52.38
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Author: Lorna Weir
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Traditionally, Euroamerican cultures have considered that human status was conferred at the conclusion to childbirth. However, in contemporary Euroamerican biomedicine, law and politics, the living subject is often claimed to pre-exist birth. In this fascinating book Lorna Weir argues that the displacement of birth as the threshold of the living subject began in the 1950s with the novel concept of ‘perinatal mortality’ referring to death of either the foetus or the newborn just prior to, during or after birth.

Weir’s book gives a new feminist approach to pregnancy in advanced modernity focusing on the governance of population. She traces the introduction of the perinatal threshold into child welfare and tort law through expert testimony on foetal risk, sketching the clash at law between the birth and perinatal thresholds of the living subject. Her book makes original empirical and theoretical contributions to the history of the present (Foucauldian research), feminism, and social studies of risk, and she conceptualizes a new historical focus for the history of the present: the threshold of the living subject.

Calling attention to the significance of population politics, especially the reduction of infant mortality, for the unsettling of the birth threshold, this book argues that risk techniques are heterogeneous, contested with expertise, and plural in their political effects. Interview research with midwives shows their critical relation to using risk assessment in clinical practice. An original and accessible study, this book will be of great interest to students and researchers across many disciplines.


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Buddhism and Bioethics

Buddhism and Bioethics Lowest new price: $30.75
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Author: Damien Keown
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Buddhism and Bioethics discusses contemporary issues in medical ethics from a Buddhist perspective. The issues examined include abortion, embryo research and euthanasia. Drawing on ancient and modern sources, the book shows how Buddhist ethical principles can be applied consistently to a range of bioethical problems. It is suggested that moral judgements can be objective and that there can be a 'Buddhist view' on ethical issues.


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