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Unformatted text preview: defined by Jon Witt in SOC 2010 as a disease or illness that cannot be understood apart from some specific social context (320)he uses the example of anorexia nervosa, first described in England in the 1860s, as an intense fear of becoming obesecan be best understood in terms of Western culture, which idealizes slim/fragile women Other diseases, like alcoholism, can be a product of culture The Scalpel and the Silver Bear describes alcoholism on Native American reservations as a product of historical grief but this raises the issue of how much we are controlled by the past and how much it becomes an excuse for present behavior AGEan important factor in health statistics because disease tends to hit hardest at infants and at the elderlythe improvement of health care extends life expectancy and has a huge impact of social relations: a. Medical care b. Personal careonce left to families, now shifted to society c. Expectations 1...
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10