This book is a collection of the best contemporary studies on health and the media. * A collection of the best contemporary studies on health and the media. * Brings together perspectives from media studies and medical sociology. * Illuminates the influence that the mass media have on health beliefs and behaviour, and on health care practices and policy-making. * Covers previously neglected areas, such as the role of the Internet, studies of production and reception, and the reporting of health care policies. * Points the way forward for future developments in this exciting new field.