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Lecture 2

Lecture 2 Notes - Fall 2010

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Department
Geography
Course
GGRB28H3
Professor
Mark Hunter
Semester
Fall

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GGRB28 Lecture 2 Globalization and Health: Are we entering a new era of disease? To explore the question above: In the era of globalization are more intensified connections between people and new ways of interacting with the environment leading to newly emerging diseases? What do we mean by globalization? Greater connections between people and places Turn towards the market (tradeexchange, commodities etc) Rising inequalities some countries have done extremely well, while other countries have done badly and some become poorer Globalization is a significant break from decades of progress This rests on an idea that this integrated era is somehow bad for global healthleading to new and emerging diseases against the backdrop of many years of progress 1940s: antibiotics begin to be widely used 1950s: Polio vaccine manufactured 1977: Massive WHO campaign leads to smallpox eradication and in the West especially, better nutrition and housing, safer food and water, and improved hygiene Polio There was polio in 1988 and in 2006 polio had been, virtually, eradicated Pre-vaccine If you had polio, you had a really weak body and weak nervous systemultimat
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