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Lecture 2

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Talar Sahsuvaroglu

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Lecture 2
Illness vs. Disease
Illness = subjective experience, disease = diagnosed by medical professional
Study of disease in populations (humans and animals)
Mortality vs. Morbidity
Mortality – final, morbidity - ?
Incidence vs. Prevalence
Incidencenew cases, prevalence – how much is currently active
Chronic vs. Acute
Chronic – over a long period of time, acute – over a short period of time
Some diseases can be both
Impairment vs. Disability
Impairmentlimitation to function (personal property), disability – not being able to function in
normal society (social property)
Primary Care
Seeing family physician (health prevention occurs here, i.e. you need to lose weight, you need to
eat healthier), gateway to primary health care is through family physician
Secondary Care
More specialized level, i.e. hospital
Tertiary Care
Even more specialized, i.e. cancer care hospitalwhere everyone is trained to deal with cancer
Complementary vs. Traditional
Complementary – other medicine (holistic, Chinese medicine, acupuncture)
Traditionalwestern medicine (needles, pills, etc.)
Location vs. Place
Location – x,y coordinate, placelocation becomes a place when you attach a meaning to it
Therapeutic Landscapes(box 1.2) how when a meaning is attached to a particular place, it can
have healing properties
How far away you are from something
Disease Ecology
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