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Health and Society

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Doctors, Doctors and More Doctors By Kendra Pinder Globally health is at the forefront of all societies concerned. As a species we wish to continue our existence for as long as we can, naturally we would prefer this to happen with as less pain and disease in our lives as possible. For this to happen we look upon the medical profession in hopes of them being able to find the answer. And so in the short term it would on the surface appear that the answer to a longer pain free life would be for us to have more medically trained professionals to deal with individuals , their families and societies in which they practice. So doctors, doctors and more doctors seem to be the answer! Or is it? For someone to be classed as ill and treated correctly, first recognition of an illness needs to be happen, first by the individual then by their practitioner and so on. The problem is what exactly are the first signs of being in poor health? Can this be judged on a quantitative or qualitative basis? Do you judge an individuals illness upon there sole symptomlogy, or is there common ground to what exactly defines that individual as ill compared with the rest of society? Could the term itself "Poor Health" hold the key to what really is the problem when it comes to tackling and defining this subject. ...read more.

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We all are prone to off days, we may awake a little tired, a bit fed up, have a slight headache and so on. Does this mean we are all ill at that point? Also those within society who have a disability/abnormality, these individual's may feel perfectly healthy and able to function as anyone without their disability etc, but by this definition they are forever unwell. They may certainly take offense to The Worlds Health organisations model. Both models have in common that they are looking at defining symptomlogy as in what is ill health, rather than the root cause of it. As well as the biological factors that might result in one becoming unwell there are also social factors that can be linked to many individuals who are classed as in poor health today. Even with medical research and treatment supposedly being far more advanced than ever before in a report by McKeown in 1979, he states that health professionals, more so doctors have not really had a huge impact on improving health since medicines last advancement over a hundred years ago. Many attributes to childhood diseases etc that were on the decline were put down to the vaccinations given by doctors. Infact these diseases where already on the decline prior to the vaccines starting to be introduced yet doctors were being given false credit. ...read more.

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The biomedical models emphasis is that on the medical profession and with it treating the human body as a machine whereas the social models takes into account external and environmental influences. Both certainly seem valid viewpoints yet neither wholly answers the question as to what truly is ill or good health or infact to the cause of ill health. Marxism believes a persons health is affected by their social class, Feminist believe health is affected by a persons gender. The Marxist viewpoint though does not explain why the common mans life expectancy is lower even though in the UK we have free medical treatment available, where all persons have access to that treatment. Also the fact that thousands each year are saved by the very screening programme the feminists say is for control purposes only, does not hold much weight for their theory nor the point that women are just doing what comes naturally to them by becoming pregnant through choice, would dismiss society just views women as breeders What seems very evident is that though there is a health care service available, There is still inequality depending upon your social class and gender. There does not appear to be a clear cause for ill health, nor the ability to exactly define it. What is clear is that only through education and addressing those inequalities will good health be balanced in society overall, and only then can a valid model defining health be put forward and used as a guideline by not just doctors, but all within society. ...read more.

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