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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC243H1
Professor
William Magee
Semester
Fall

Description
SOC243 Lecture Sept 30/13 Testie Test • Location on blackboard Medicalization and Population Health: The Case of HRT o Science and technology  ▯prescription and consumption of HRT (Estrogen ET, and progesterone  EPT)  ▯cancer incidence and morality (breast/EPT, endometrial/ET) o Hormone replacement therapy  Might be helpful for women undergoing menopause  The replacement of these hormones can change the function of the body  Relationship between HRT and cancer • Some forms influence some cancers o HRT and Medicalization  1966­ Robert Wilson MD “Feminine Forever” • Claims that estrogen therapy “restores a natural harmony between the rate of aging  and life expectancy, a harmony that has been disturbed by the lengthened lifespan of  modern women  o Implication that after menopause women are less feminine o Views menopause as a disease  2002­ major study on HRT ended • Women’s health initiative study o HRT contributed to heart stroke, breast cancer, etc. • 1991­2002 o Study shows HRT increases risk for some cancers  Moderation (again) • Marketing to public and physicians  ▯image of women and femininity and aging are  being shaped The Macro Context of Medicalization and De­medicalization o The context around medicalization/ de­medicalization  Political economy, funding, marketing, market flow (macro processes)  Science/medicine/technology  Practices/ experiences  ▯illness  Conceptual medicalization and de­medicalization (lay public
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