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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 18- Health and Human Healthcare Health and Illness Health- a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being Illness- something that interferes with health Society affects health in 4 ways: Cultural patterns define health Cultural standards of health change over tome A societys technology affects peoples health Social inequality affects peoples health Social Epidemiology Social epidemiologists investigate disease agents, the environment, and the human host as sources of illness o Disease agents- biological, nutritional, chemical, and physical o Environment- physical, biological, and social o Human host- the persons demographic factors, physical conditions, and lifestyle Demographic Factors Age o Older people are more likely to die of chronic illnesses Illnesses that are long term or lifelong and that develop gradually or are present from birth o Younger people are more likely to have acute diseases...
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