Medical dominance: the Division of Labour in Australian Health Care

Catalogue Number: 2001
Medical dominance: the Division of Labour in Australian Health Care
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: WILLIS Evan
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1983
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Sydney
Publisher/Manufacturer: George Allen and Unwin
Description Of Item: Paper back, green and black cover design, 235 pages including index.
Historical Significance: This book considers the dominance in medicine in its attempts to constrain the development of and subordinate other health professions. It takes midwifery, optometry and chiropractic as examples. It was Professor Willis' PhD thesis, a copy of which is held in the Nathan Library. The book argues that 'hierarchy preceded technology' with the medical profession achieving its dominance over the Australian health system by the 1930s, and that it has defended this dominance against other health care occupations since. In 2003, TASA nominated it in the top 10 books published since 1963 that most profoundly shaped Australian sociological scholarship. The book had a revised edition in 1989 and a follow-up was 'Medical Dominancee Revisited' (ISBN 0-9757422-6-4), a comprehensive special issue of Health Sociology Review that reviews almost 20 years of literature since the revision, then revisits, updates and expands Medical Dominance in eight chapters of invited papers from international experts.
How Acquired: Donated by Peter Dwyer, former Fellow of the College
Date Acquired: Feb 2012
Condition: Good
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection

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