Lecture One, Jan 24 - Lecture 1 What is medical sociology A...

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January 24, 2008 Lecture 1 What is medical sociology? A. Who gets sick and why? a. Illness and death are not evenly distributed in the population i. People with a higher education live longer 1. Knowledge Hypothesis: Facts, learning about health 2. Motivation Hypothesis: Better quality lives, more opportunities, and have the motivation to be healthy by being able to do other things. 3. Health Behavior Hypothesis: Know how to behave in order to stay healthy, better health habits. 4. Genetic Hypothesis: Who your parents are, hereditary a. For example if your mother had heart disease means you are at a greater risk for it too. ii. Freshmen living in dorms have three times greater risk of contracting meningitis then other college students 1. Meningitis is very contagious and is spread through droplets while talking or sharing any other fluids. 2. Meningitis is very rare but very deadly a. 15% fatality rate if treated b. 50% fatality rate if left untreated 3.
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