Sociology for Nursing & Health Sciences GS Purushothama
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1Sociology for Nursing and Health Sciences2
3Sociology for Nursing and Health Sciences
Second Edition
GS Purushothama MA MPhil (PhD) Lecturer, Government College Dommasandra, Anekal Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Foreword S Harish
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Sociology for Nursing and Health Sciences
First Edition: 2010
Second Edition: 2015
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5Dedicated to
“My students”
who moulded me as a Teacher6
It is heartening to write the foreword for this book written by Professor GS Purushothama. As a teacher in Sociology, he is very informative, industrious, and investigative in the area of his profession. His vast experience in the field has resulted in the birth of a book Sociology for Nursing and Health Sciences.
This book gives us an insight to the society in which we are born, educated, occupied, and experienced as an individual, social process, social group, family, marriage, system, community, and the environment in which social changes, control are influenced on an individual. This has been told in a very simple and lucid language which can be easily understood by any person without any problem. This book though prepared as per the syllabus of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, can be extended to be used by others also to know the society and its constituents, which has a great influence on the individuals.
The aim of the book is to help the reader in understanding what society is and developing skills to deal effectively with the same by analyzing and interpreting the changes, cultures, etc. for being a responsible person for having born on this Earth. I assure that all the readers will be benefited a lot through this book.
Prof S Harish
MCom MBA MPhil
Vijaya Evening College
Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India8
9Preface to the Second Edition
It gives me immense pleasure to present in your hands the second edition entitled Sociology for Nursing and Health Sciences. The book has received generous appreciation of my esteemed colleagues as well as students. The book conforms to the nursing and health sciences students that new edition marks an improvement in volume as well as in quality. It is new and enlarged in several aspects. The chapters have been strengthened to provide clarity of concepts and analysis. New topics added in the first chapter include sociology of health and illness, the social basis of health, sociological perspectives on medicine, the biomedical model, medicine and health in changing world, the sick role, class and health, gender and health, ethnicity and health, health and social cohesion, and medical sociology. I expect that nursing and health science students should have a basic knowledge about sociology. Keeping in mind to conforming to the guidelines provided by Indian Nursing Council (INC) and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, the text is framed. A few essential topics have been updated and a few new topics have been added.
I hope the new edition will serve the needs of the students better than its immediate precursor.
I acknowledge and sincerely thank Shri Jitendar P Vij (Group Chairman), Mr Ankit Vij (Group President) and Mr Tarun Duneja (Director–Publishing) of M/s Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd, New Delhi and officials for publishing the revised edition.
GS Purushothama10
11Preface to the First Edition
Indeed, it is a great pleasure to present the book Nursing Sociology, which is framed according to the Rajiv Gandhi Health University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. As a Lecturer in Sociology, I can modestly claim my familiarity with this subject using the years of experience and knowing the needs of the student. I have attempted to condense the vast storehouse of information.
The chapters have been prepared to cover all the topics mentioned in the syllabus. The book is very objective, simple and easy to understand. I feel that book will prove to be useful to the teachers and students. My dependency on other authors is varied in form, limitless in range and often deep in feelings and may not list and acknowledge the contribution of all to this book. I express my gratitude to them for providing a base for writing and apologies for any distortion that may have crept in.
I am highly grateful to BHS, Higher Education Society for providing an opportunity to serve in Vijaya Evening College, RV Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka. I am also grateful to Prof S Harish, Principal; BV Ravi, Librarian, Vijaya Evening College, Bengaluru, Karnataka; Keshavamurthy, Chief Librarian, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, Dr S Manjunatha and my colleagues, friends, students and my kith and kin for their encouragement and support.
My thanks are also due to M/s Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd and staff members for publishing this book.
A book, such as this will always have scope for improvement and for suggestion, criticism and comments received from its readers will greatly help me in preparing its subsequent edition.
GS Purushothama