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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 society’s technology affects people’s health • Social inequality affects people’s 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 person’s 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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- Spring '08
- Sociology, medical care, public health insurance, Health and Human Healthcare Health