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Soc of Health and Illness Looking Upstream

Soc of Health and Illness Looking Upstream

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Sociology of Health and Illness
Looking Upstream at How Society Shapes Illness
“Medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing but medicine on a grand scale.”
 
--Rudolf Virchow, 19th century epidemiologist 
Prof. ZavestoskiIntro to Sociology University of San FranciscoFall 2011
Friday, November 18, 11
 
 What is health?
 Absence of illness? Ability to function (e.g., meet expectations attached to one’s statuses/roles) in society?International Dictionary of Medicine and Biology Health is a state of well-being of an organism or part of one,characterized by normal function and unattended by disease. World Health Organization definition:Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
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How do we know it when we see it?
“Health status” measured by looking at:morbidity/mortality ratesprevalence of health practicesrates of specific diseaseprevalence of symptoms of well-being ‘objective’ indictors used internationally:death rateslife expectancy availability of health services (how measured?) (hospital bedseg)
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