Sociology of Medicine and Health ClASS 14

Sociology of Medicine and Health ClASS 14 - Sociology of...

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Sociology of Medicine and Health – 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 i. Self medication a. Alcohol most common b. Special foods – soup works because of the steam from the boiling water clears out sinuses c. Rest II. Alternative care A. Similar advantage to self-care B. If problem persist people seek medical care III. Study of Alternative healers in NJ A. Interviews and participants observations B. 10% of NJ residents use a wide range of alternative healers – around 42% of Americans use alternative care IV. Why do people go to alternative healers? A. Value system – closer to peoples own morals, the body heals itself in the right conditions B. Social status C. Social support through group activities – AA D. Non-medical through of illness causation E. Limitations of modern medicine i. Not good at preventing disease ii. Not good at curing vague symptoms of malaise – like psychological
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