SOC239H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Asthma, Birth Weight, Appendicitis

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Lecture 2: social theories and the history of disease. Disease: refers to a biological problem: example: allergies occur naturally and biologically. Illness: refers to the social experience and consequences of having a disease: example: not being able to eat a food, or the symptoms from allergies. Epidemiology: the study of distribution of diseases within a population: social epidemiology examines how disease are distributed socially. Social epidemiology: heart diseases among the rich or the poor. Medical research: heart diseases with high cholesterol or low cholesterol. Black death of 1347-1351 killed at least 25 million people 25% to 50% of euro pop. 15th and 17th centuries saw decline in great pandemics. 18th century, people"s health improved (more due to social improvements than medical) Changes in warfare moving soldiers away from cities and diseases. Women beginning to have children less often. Increasing chances of survival for women, keeping children and breastfeeding them. Took place in europe with industrialization and urbanization.

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