Health Sciences 1001A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Social Safety Net, Biomedical Model, Whitehall Study

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Individualism: path of least resistance, perspective on health. Lifestyle explanations of health are dominant in developed and western countries: became popular in the 1970s making good decisions for themselves. Health depends upon the perspective of the viewer and what they are viewing: perspectives have limits and boundaries- bias. An individual perspective always conceptualizes the problems with health from within the individual and therefore the solution falls to treating the individual (eg. modifying behaviors, taking medications for future complications, etc. ) Hs 1002 lecture 2 (cid:498)social model of health(cid:499) Key ideas: lifestyle factors, biomedical model, cartesian dualism, social model of health/ social determinants of health, public health/ social medicine, epidemiology, negative vs. positive definitions of health, disease vs. illness, health indicators. Lifestyle is a dominant discourse on health (way of thinking about health) in. North american and westernized societies: lifestyle is often the reason given for good or poor health.

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