This reader for Medical Sociology gives a unique cross-cultural perspective throughout. This engaging collection of readings presents a cross-cultural analysis of medical sociological concepts while including articles that examine the effects of gender, age, social class, and race and ethnicity as they relate to the topics at hand. Organized around fourteen topics and containing 42 readings, the selections represent a variety of sources. Each chapter provides an American perspective, a developed world perspective, and a developing world perspective, thus the students are exposed to not only the concepts but the cultural implications of each topic. This reader is a perfect complement to Matcha's textbook Medical Sociology, Allyn & Bacon copyright 2000.