Posts by: norman14

HIV/AIDS in Sub-saharan Africa

Sub-saharan Africa has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the world.  In the countries in Africa that are most affected, countries that account for 4% of the world’s population account for 50% of HIV infections worldwide.  A combination of factors…

Public Health

I chose the area of Public Health because it is a field I am very interested in.  After my undergraduate studies, I plan to pursue a Masters in Public Health and a career in the public health sector.  According to…

Depression

Medicalization is defined as the control over bodies through medical interventions while biomedicalization is defined as the enhancement of bodies through medical intervention. Medicine has become so important in our culture that when we get the slightest headache or even…

Male/female

 The “culture of biomedicine,” or Western medicine, refers to health in terms of biology.  Since biomedicine is an institution that is so deeply ingrained in our culture, it is often something that we don’t put much thought into.  Whenever we’re…

I Have Social Anxiety

I have chosen to watch “True Life: I Have Social Anxiety,” which follows two young people suffering with crippling social anxiety, Noni and Scott.  Their social anxiety has affected them so much that they are unable to live normal lives….

Fibromyalgia

I decided to reflect on fibromyalgia for my post.  I had always heard of fibromyalgia through TV commercials advertising drugs to cure fibromyalgia, but I never knew what the syndrome was, or even that it was a “syndrome” instead of…

Dhat in the Indian Subcontinent

Dhat is a sexual neurosis found in the Indian subcontinent.  Dhat is considered “semen-loss anxiety” because the symptoms, which are fatigue, weakness, anxiety, loss of appetite, guilt and sexual dysfunction are caused by loss of semen according to the patient.  Whether…

Clown Doctors in NYC

I chose to reflect on “Clown Doctors in NYC.”  The article describes the day-to-day activities of the clown doctors and their similarities to shaman healers.  These “clown doctors” are clowns who come around the hospital in their clown costume with…

“Collateral Damage”

I got a 5 out of 10 on the health equity quiz.  I was most surprised that we are ranked 29th in life expectancy.  I thought that we would be ranked much higher since we are the 2nd wealthiest country…

Skin Cancer Among Caucasians

Race has been used throughout history as a reason to separate people.  Race has been used to say that certain people are inferior for centuries because since their skin is a different color, they must have different genes.   Race…