Sociology of Medicine and Health CLASS 14

Sociology of Medicine and Health CLASS 14 - Medical...

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Medical Sociology: Lecture Notes March 23, 2009 Class 14 – Alternative Healers I. Self-care most common for illness A . Quickest, easiest, cheapest, most comfortable B . If problem persists, people seek medical care II. Alternative care (Non-traditional medical care= non- doctors, non hospitals) A . Similar advantages to self-care B . If problem persists, people seek medical care. III. Study of alternative healers in New Jersey - Study was done in Essex County A . Interviews and participant observations B . 10% of NJ residents use a wide range of alternative healers > Since then alternative healing has grown >There was study done in 1998, and 42% of Americans used Alternative healers > Alternative healing is a BIG business (lots of money) IV. Why do people go to alternative healers? A . Value System - Alternative healers are different from the medical system. Alternative healing usually involves responsibility for your OWN health. - There’s often a belief that the body will heal itself given the right certain circumstances It’s TRUE. Doctors don’t believe this. B . Social status - You can get social status by going to alternative healer. C . Social support through group activities - Most alternative healing involves social support groups. D . Non-medical theory of illness causation - Some people just don’t like modern traditional medicine E . Limitations of modern medicine 1. Not good at preventing disease 2. Not good at curing vague symptoms of malaise 3. Often lacks personal approach 4. Not good at improving quality of life V. Types of alternative healing A . Eastern
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