Posts by: rousakis

HIV in the dominican republic

In the Dominican Republic, HIV is considered a pandemic issue, meaning it is continuously occurring in that population. HIV is a virus that attacks a persons CD4 cells, which are essentially the immune cells; they are the cells that activate…

Global Health

I choose to focus on global health because I have become more aware of how critical of an issue this is and how necessary it is for physicians to work together in order to improve the health of those around…

life/death

Biomedicine is a very common and accepted form of medicine in western society. The idea of the “culture of biomedicine” is based on the principle of understanding and learning about the structure and function of the body and how it…

Depression

In today’s society, Americans live in a world completely surrounded by medication. Whether it be for weight loss, erectile disfunction, or certain mental illnesses, we seem to live in a culture that is obsessed with medication. It is very common…

Type I Diabetes

The medical condition I chose to analyze is type I diabetes. Type I diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes), is an autoimmune disorder in which the body is unable to produce any or little insulin in order to control blood…

“I have tourette syndrome”

The episode of True Life I chose to analyze was True Life- “I have an embarrassing medical condition,” which documented the life an 18 year old girl, Alyssa, who was living with tourette syndrome. Alyssa has what are referred to…

Obesity in the U.S.

The culture-bound syndrome I chose to discuss was obesity in the U.S. I found an article written by James Levine. entitled “Poverty and Obesity in the U.S.,” which focused on finding a connection between the increased incidence of obesity and…

clown doctors in NYC

The article I chose to summarize was “Clown Doctors in NYC.” This article described the role of alternative forms of medicine in order to treat patients physically, mentally and emotionally. They described a group of volunteer clowns who are a…

skin cancer among caucasians

There appears to be a strong correlation between the incidence of skin cancer and caucasians, especially those of Irish and Scottish decent. It is evident that people who have Irish or Scottish heritage, have lighter and fair skin, which is…