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Health and Society in Video

Health and Society in Video

Health care does not take place in a vacuum; it's a field closely intertwined within the fabric of society and culture. For students, faculty, and practitioners, having a comprehensive understanding of the health care industry in a global context is key to success, whether your focus is medicine, sociology, government, public policy, or myriad related fields.

Health and Society in Video is a unique online collection that provides this important context by delivering streaming documentaries focused on health issues and their impact on society. Covering a vast array of topics such as pediatric AIDS, breast cancer, the Obama administration’s healthcare plan, addiction, hospice care, Alzheimer’s disease, organ donation, malnutrition, access to healthcare, and other issues, Health and Society in Video explores society’s most pressing health issues from diverse, often personal, perspectives. At completion, the collection will include 500 hours of documentaries, profiles, reports, and interviews—from top producers such as Fanlight Productions, BBC, PBS, Point du Jour International, Aquarius Healthcare Media, and many others.

The collection bridges the often significant gap between science and public understanding, presenting the realities of illness, treatment and the modern healthcare system around the world, and examining the tumultuous history of society’s response to pandemics and other health crises. Users will explore first-person accounts by patients, physicians, family members, and care providers—real-life case studies of disease, trauma, neglect, chronic illness, age-related conditions, congenital abnormalities, and environmental illnesses.

Titles include Cancer Knockout (Danish Broadcasting Corporation, 2010), Selling Sickness (Fanlight Productions, 2004), A.I.D.S. at 21: Is Anybody Listening (Aquarius Health Care Media, 2004), Where Did I Put My Memory? (Point du Jour International, 2010), Death on Request (Icarus Films, 1994) and hundreds more.

Functionality for scholarship and classroom use

  • Synchronized, searchable transcripts run alongside each video.
  • Visual tables of contents let you quickly scan each video.
  • Permanent URLs let users cite and share video.
  • An embeddable video player lets libraries and instructors deliver video content to other users on secure Web site pages or via course management systems.
  • Rich playlist functionality lets users create, annotate, and organize clips and include links to other content.
  • Permissions for in-class, on-campus, and remote-access viewing are all included in the terms of the subscription.

Publication details

Health and Society in Video is available online to academic, public, and school libraries worldwide via subscription or one-time purchase of perpetual rights. No special setup for software is required—all you need is an internet browser.


Excellent...All are high-quality videos of substantial depth...This resource is a welcome addition of consistently reliable, trustworthy content...Highly recommended.


Health and Society in Video is recommended for academic institutions with programmes in sociology, public health and health administration, and would provide supplemental material for nursing, emergency medicine or medical programmes.

Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Electronic Documents Manager, Delaware County Community College Reference Reviews