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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 21 Health and Medicine Health- a state of complete physical, mental and social well being- shaped by: o cultural patterns, such as standards of health and ideas of moral goodness o technological development and the level of inequality History- hunting and gathering societies found it difficult to remain healthy- of the people in such societies died by the age of 20 and fe lived past the age of 40- Agricultural revolution increased surpluses, but also inequality, so onlt the elite enjoyed better health- Urbanization during medieval times created horrible health problems and life expectancy was low Health in Low income countries- poverty leads to poor nutrition and is linked to poor sanitation, contaminated drinking water and infectious disease- a lack of trained medical people- life expectancy low- when medical technologies are introduced to poor countries and infectious disease is reduced, the population often soars being on yet more poverty High income countries- 1800s medical advances reduced the impact of infectious diseases and sewer...
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2009 for the course SOCIOLOGY 1020 taught by Professor None during the Spring '05 term at UWO.
- Spring '05