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Table Of Contents

Foreword, by Peter Conrad
Preface
Introduction: What's in a Name?
A Place for a Sociology of Diagnosis?
An Avenue for Understanding
1. Lumping or Splitting: Classification in Medical Diagnosis
The Aims of Classification
Classification of Diseases
Classification Systems
Revealing Classificatory Politics in Diagnosis
2. Social Framing and Diagnosis: Corpulence and Fetal Death
Corpulence
Fetal Death
Frame and Be Framed
3. What's Wrong with Me? Diagnosis and the Patient-Doctor Relationship
Illness and Disease
Medical Authority
Changing Roles in Diagnosis
What Next?
4. Beyond Our Ken? Contested Diagnoses and the Medically Unexplained
Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Discovery of Disease
Whose Diagnosis?
Splitting from Diagnosis?
5. Driving Diagnosis: Peddlers and Pushers
Engines of Diagnosis
Female Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
Discussion
6. "There Is Nothing So Small as to Escape Our Inquiry"
Technologies of Diagnosis
Technology and Diagnostic Categories
Technology and the Diagnostic Process
Screening
Hope
Conclusion: Directions for the Sociology of Diagnosis
Creation
Application
Allocation
Exploitation
Moving Forward
Notes
References
Index