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The Second Sickness: Contradictions of Capitalist Health Care.

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By Waitzkin Howard. . 282 pages. The Free Press; , New York: , 1983.. $19.95.


Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(3):467. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-100-3-467_1
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The pervasive ways in which the ills of society—the second sickness—produce and perpetuate disease and, for significant sections of the population, make its prevention and effective treatment difficult, if not impossible, are described and analyzed. The author's qualifications to do this are substantial (Waitzkin is trained in both sociology and medicine). The fact that he analyzes the problems of health and health services from a fundamentally anticapitalist viewpoint should not deter anyone interested in the crucial issues of health care and health policy from reading this book. On the contrary, the book challenges readers to reassess the theoretical framework they

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