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Soc 101: Introduction to Sociology Wednesday March 31, 2010 Medicine and Health
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Sociological Approaches to Studying Health Medical Sociology Focuses on health care as a social institution. e.g., how health care is delivered and paid for. Social Epidemiology Focuses on the effects of social, cultural, temporal, and regional factors on health and illness e.g., Understanding the social class gradient in rates of obesity and heart disease
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Social Problem #1: Gender Differences in Physical Health Gender gap in life expectancy: Women: 78; Men: 73 Gender gap is fairly NEW, dating back through mid- 20 th c. Epidemiologic transition (Omran): Leading causes of death have changed. Pre-18 th c: crisis mortality 18 th -20 th c: era of receding pandemics Early 20 th c-present: era of “man-made and degenerative diseases:
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Life Expectancy at Birth, By Age and Sex, 1900-2002 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 1 9 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Year Life expectancy Men only Women only
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Biology Madigan: nun-priest study Infant health data. Sex ratio at birth is 105 boys: 100 girls. This evens
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Clarke during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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