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Lecture 1 - What is health?

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PSYC 3170
Gerry Goldberg

Lecture 1 1 Jan 3rd, 2012 What is health? - Health relates to biological stuff, psychological stuff, and social stuff - Well-being = all those factors put together - Bio-psycho-social model – varies from culture to culture o There are places in which the water is not so clean, which kills lots of children and causes lots of people to have intestinal worms - Status quo = accepted as it is; it is the nature for half of children age 8 to die - Ex: Story of Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland o People making hats started being weird; it was accepted o People who made hats, inhaled mercury fumes and were getting mercury poisoning o They would mix a sticky compound to stick the lining into the hat; the sticky stuff was mercury o Dip their thumb into the compound containing mercury, and lick it; and stick it in again - Ex: underground miners o Miners suffer from lung disease: black lungs, lung cancer - Shake the status quo, and say that’s not good enough Evolution of Activism - Who says, “its not good enough”? where’s the origin? - We have an active role, as individual/community, it is not good enough, we want better - Union o Represented workers when times were not good o Collected union dues to get better working conditions for the workers o Used the money to do research to help understand how working might cause harms - Consumerism o Quality of life in general o Food additives, cigarettes, pyjamas bought for children (fire spreads very quickly) - Court awards o Some community have gotten huge awards for polluting the water/land o The giant sums of money, compensate people who got sick - Technology o Cant we invent safer cars? - Public and workforce changes o People are getting more educated, so they want better o People who watch the news - “Code of Hammurabi” = the code said “if you build a house and collapses and kills someone’s son, we get to kill you” - Workers compensation = employers pay a premium to insure safety of employees o Employees get hurt, get the compensation, promise not to sue the employers o The premium would increase after an employee get hurt and receive compensation o Since employers don’t want to increase premium, they make the working condition safer - Inflation/increased costs o In US with no health plan - Medical research o How cancer can be caused by exposure of different source - Commercialized medicine - Costs to society and individuals Lecture 1 2 Jan 3rd, 2012 You Are The Champion
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