Posts by: phill612

Public Health and Medical Anthropology

Within the past year I have had increased exposure to the epidemiological and public health perspectives in regards to medicine. I did not have much knowledge prior to taking these classes and really sparked my interest so I decided to…

China’s Infant Mortality Rate

In 2011 China had approximately thirty-three infant deaths per every one thousand live births. Although this may seem extremely high compared to other highly developed countries this number has been declining which holds great promise for the future. The infant…

Doctor/Patient

Culture of biomedicine itself is the relationship of the individuals that use this model, western society to explain their conditions and the treatment that is expected. Like stated many times previously doctors are the western societies gate keeper to the…

Sleeplessness

Medications in America are no longer this drug will be developed for this disease that already exists. In the video Pill Poppers they referenced the phrase create it and they will come which describes the pharmaceutical and consumer relationship. If…

Fibromyalgia

In chronic syndromes such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue it is hard for patients especially women in Western society to establish the sick role. They identify the responses of their body to be abnormal but have trouble conveying their symptoms…

Shaman in Mongolia

In the documentary The Horse Boy a family struggles to find treatment for their autistic son. Autism is a disease that the causes are not well understood making treatment a trial and error process. It is know that there is…

Ghost Sicknesses Among American Indians

“All illness is an illness of the spirit that manifests of the spirit in the body, mind, emotions and we all carry within our souls the capacity to heal ourselves.”(2) This explanation is primarily how the American Indians and Alaska…

Incidence of Breast Cancer in White Women

Table 2. Female Breast Cancer Incidence and Death Rates   Breast Racial/Ethnic Group Incidence Death All 127.8 25.5 African American/Black 118.3 33.8 Asian/Pacific Islander   89.0 12.6 Hispanic/Latino   89.3 16.1 American Indian/Alaska Native   69.8 16.1 White 132.5 25.0 Statistics are for…

Collateral Damage

In regards to the Health Equity quiz I did relatively well, but my knowledge on such topics would is attributed to epidemiology 390. Even though I was familiar with over fifty percent of the material a few statistics still had…