The examples of recent medicalised ‘diseases’ as well as demedicalied ‘diseases’ in Western culture, defies biomedicine as stable and based on biological realities (Walsh 2004). This underlines the sociological argument that indeed, medical professions socially construct diseases. The ‘diseases’ in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, manifest how medical approaches undertaken were not efficacious, in terms of bringing better health outcomes, though efficacious in influencing individuals to comply with social
In the contemporary biographical novel, the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot used logical opinions to argue about the importance of consent to reveal the lack of morality from those in the medical field which continues to persist today. Scientists and doctors made great discoveries with the HeLa cells of Henrietta Lacks. The family of Henrietta Lacks had to live with the aftermath of decisions made by doctors and
Though scientists developed safer methods for injection such as giving the patient’s immune suppressants before the procedure or delivering viruses to cells outside the body, gene therapy was reconsidered and believed to be inhumane to experiment on humans. Some people wondered if it was right to alter an individual’s genes with such an unpredictable outcome while others considered the fact that due to the expensive nature of a gene therapy procedure, scientists may be developing a procedure that is only available to the wealthy (NIH, 2018). Scientists, while acknowledging Jesse’s death and the large expense of a gene therapy procedure, argue that gene therapy has many benefits and could be evolved in a way to benefit all people once more is known. A large benefit that is consistently argued is if scientists could have the means to research and make gene therapy possible, the future may hold the ability to fix genetic diseases in developing embryos. If gene therapy were allowed to be practiced to success, scientists could not only identify genetic diseases in babies but now take it a step further and inject a gene to cure the child so the baby would be cured and survive (Lewis,
Topic Selection Within the field of anthropology, one of my interests is in medical anthropology/public health. My main interest within medical anthropology is understanding health disparities. Medical anthropology allows me to take a holistic approach, something that I believe public health lacks, to analyze why certain populations have limited access to health care, nutrition, clean water, proper housing, education, etc. Additionally, it allows me to use a critical lens to examine power structures that affect health care access. In addition to medical anthropology, I am also interested in educational anthropology.
The biomedical model of health is present in modern Western societies. Since it looks mainly at ill health being caused by biological factors, including lifestyle choices like smoking, unhealthy diets and lack of exercise, this could be seen as "blaming car breakdowns on poor maintenance and lack of proper servicing, or on bad luck" (Browne. 2011). The biomedical model maintains are the only people suitable to deal with our sick bodies. Hospitals and other clinical environments with specialist medical equipment, is where treatment should be given and received.
Today’s health care professionals know that this is not the correct way of practicing. When researchers study diseases or conditions they look at many patients to confidently deduce a particular condition and how to treat it in different patients. (1) Evidence is always vital when it comes to medicines, it should be known how efficacious a medicine is based on evidence, possible contraindications as well as the adverse side effects. All this should be based on research and evidence which is always needed in order to provide the best possible pharmaceutical care to the patient. (1) Recent evidence suggests that three broad strategies based on the principles, strategies, and tactics of evidence-based medicine ' (EBM) can work.
Postmodern thinking has helped in the clarification of current medical uncertainties. It has made medical practitioners be sceptical about what truth is and what should count as Knowledge (Priebe,2006).This has inspired many doctors and dentist to do thorough research on how to cure, prevent diseases such as HIV&AIDS which has no cure and enable one to live healthy. It has also led to the exploration of how the body is constructed through a discourse and its changes in medical
The research conducted to date has dealt largely with very focused questions (e.g., the accuracy of auscultation), and has been characterized by small samples and methodologic weaknesses. Research conducted by Grigsby et al, 1995 stated that appears that many telemedicine applications may be effective means of providing health services, whereas Houtchens et al, 1993 stated that telemedicine may certainly affect patient management but at this present moment it is difficult to assess telemedicine in relation to conventional medical care. Although one should not expect telemedicine to be validated more thoroughly than has been the case for ordinary health services, and it should not be necessary to evaluate all of the telemedicine it is important to understand how the two modes of delivery compare (Grigsby et al.,
Medicine is an art or a science It has several meanings. It could be used as an alternative word to drug and most of the simple-minded people look at it as just science, biology to be specific. Medicine can be defined as the practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. It could be also the study of human structure and function to be able to save the organisms life. But medicine is so much more than that.
Drugs must also be rationally prescribed and dispensed; and clients, especially providers, must be aware of the treatment guidelines for the products. Rational prescribing and use of drugs is a major challenge, even where STGs and EMLs exist. Physician training in rational prescribing is gaining ground but is still not widespread Deliver, (2003). In the past, essential drugs, vaccines, and contraceptives were for the most part distributed using separate logistics systems. For vaccines and contraceptives, such systems were organized vertically to some
However, in the story it did not end up as expected. A tragic consequence that had a huge possibility that it could have turned out differently makes it especially so. Looking back on how old this book was written, there are several changes that are embraced within the medical arena with respect to cultural diversity. Demographic differences are now given weight as well as spirituality which is reckoned to be essential especially to the holistic approach to providing healthcare, one that embraces the mind, the body and the
For many, death is not an easy topic. There are those who find the ambiguity of what occurs in the afterlife frightening and some others who fear that death will cut their lives short before they fulfill their destinies. In an almost subconscious fashion, mankind has leaned on medical technologies to help deal with the ambiguity of the afterlife. Biotechnology has emerged as the premiere form of medical technology that enables mankind to further try to resist mortality. With the development of biotechnology, people are able to fight illnesses and other harms which also help decrease their chances of dying.
The side effects happen because each person has a different metabolism and a different immunological system, so each one of us will have a different reaction against any kind of vaccine not only against the HPV vaccine. However, the benefits of the HPV vaccination are greater than any side effects because the effects are minimum. My paper was organized in the point of view of a health professional. Thinking as a health professional the less important argument was
One of the barriers mentioned in Healthy Americans is educating providers about the new change and working with them to develop referral relationships with new providers/programs. I believe this is a barrier due to there not being a structured process to ensure that referrals to community based prevention services have been deliver and the outcomes of those services. This was also something mentioned within the article. The providers may also need a continuing education crash course on what population health is and how it can provide assistance and be implemented within the medical model. This will create awareness and streamline issues of referring for the wrong program or not knowing what is out there.
Nearly every time she introduces a scientist, she first uses a direct quotation from them and in the next sentence she states where they work. Although stating where the researcher is from builds credibility, it is not essential enough information to stand alone as s sentence. It could have been just as effective and more eloquent by stating these facts as subordinate clauses. In addition, a reader could easily be confused of determining which are the author’s own words and which are the paraphrase of scientists. For example, “Drugs such as colistin, which are so important for treating people, need to be withheld from use in animals — at least until absolutely necessary, he says” gives credibility to the scientist at the end of the sentence.