This book represents the first collection of research on health social movements. * Demonstrates that health social movements are an innovative and powerful form of political action. * Brings together the study of health and illness with social movement theory in order to establish a basis for the study of health social movements. * Covers disease--based movements focused on diseases such as Alzheimer's and breast cancer. * Also addresses issue--based movements such as the pro--choice movement, the movement for complementary and alternative medicine, and movements around stem cell research. * Illustrates the value of interdisciplinary approaches to studying health social movements.