Sociology of Medicine and Health CLASS 1

Sociology of Medicine and Health CLASS 1 - • Crowding...

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Sociology of Medicine and Healthcare Introduction Class Lecture # 1 1/21/09 I. Medical Sociology Who gets sick o Illness and death are not evenly distributed in the population People with higher education live longer Knowledge hypothesis o Learn more about good health know more about medical field Motivation hypothesis o Higher quality of life; have to maintain lifestyle ( motivation) Health behavior hypotheses o Learn about evils of specific substances; higher education; understand substances affects on the body Genetic hypothesis o Genes affect ( little); bad genes lower life span Freshman living in dorms have 3xs greater risk of contracting meningitis than other college students Used to be true before requirement of meningitis shot
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Unformatted text preview: • Crowding hypothesis o Too many people living in one room overcrowding; germs spread easier • Lack of immunity hypothesis o Body gets sick more often, immune system fails more often II. What kinds of healthcare do people get • US medical science is the best in the world • Not all US citizens have access to health care o Population of people, children, new graduate students and mentally ill lack health care III. Explode medical core myths • US citizens are the healthiest people in the world ( FALSE) • Medical hoaxes o (Chapter 3) : decrease in IMR( infant mortality rate)= healthier society o Length of life span= health of country...
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course SOC 210 taught by Professor Hanssell during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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