Sociology of Medicine and Health CLASS 2

Sociology of Medicine and Health CLASS 2 - Sociology of...

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Sociology of Medicine and Healthcare Introduction to Topics in Medical Sociology Class Lecture # 2 1/26/09 I. Medical Model of Disease: Looks only at biological aspects of disease o Tremendous advances in 100 years o Used by most health professionals o Ignores social aspects of disease Example: offset problem: when doctors cannot make an organic decision ( 40% of the time) II. Myth that more medical care is always better Example: Iatrogenic disease-( the treatment causes the disease) people go into the hospital and gain a new disease ( 15% of patients) III. Myth that medical care can curve every disease Self- limiting disease- goes away on its own ( example: cold) Disease that modern medicine cannot cure Flu can cause much death- early 1900s giant plague- Spanish fludisappeared IV. Huge increase in average life span in the US Lifespan increased from 44 to 77 in the 20 th century o Not due to medical science o Mostly due to advances in nutrition and public health ( clean air,
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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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