Posts by: Matt

Heart Disease Among White Males

An individual’s health has arguably a good deal more to do with social circumstances rather than genetics alone. Of course genetics plays a role; and especially in an evolutionary sense, one’s genes were primarily what determined life or death. As…

In Sickness and in Wealth

This course isn’t my first exposure to statistics on health disparity in the U.S., so I scored fairly well on the health inequalities quiz, only missing 2 questions (a 3.0—I’ll take it). Although I did overestimate America’s rank in life…

Experiential Approach

Of the six approaches to medical anthropology, the Experiential model seems to be one primarily concerned with “illness”. Though certainly the other five approaches may address this notion in different ways, I see this approach as especially relevant to my…

Anxiety

As I’ve always unconsciously understood, illness is a condition in which one feels ill. Of course this may be the symptomatic manifestation of a particular disease, a vague notion of being un-well, or even the ramifications of a long Thursday…