This last section was a section that not only analyzed upon the topic of medical sociology, but also reflected on the history of the medical field and how it has changed throughout the years. I really enjoyed that. While I am not a huge fan of history, seeing the development of hospitals and how people took matters into their own hands to change policies, such as the conditions of hospitals was pretty incredible.
In the article “The Patient in the Intensive Care Unit,” the lack of character in a patient was mentioned. The ICU is full of people with different stories and backgrounds. Sometimes the same patient comes in repeatedly, and at that point, more attention may be given to see if their habits can be changed. Otherwise, patients are treated as a number.
Nurses and doctors are too busy trying to attend to everyone to know a person fully. Rather, they can simply give them the treatment they need and move on. Is the efficiency of running the ICU and getting to every patient worth the lack of intimacy between the medical aids and the patients?
Patients are wheeled into hospitals day after day. The young, the old, the once healthy, the always ill. With present day technologies, those who are just steps away from death are able to be kept alive. But how many actually want to be?
In the past, death was accepted as nature and human interference rarely occurred. Today, hospitals in modernized countries have technologies with the ability to keep a person “alive.” This definition of alive could either be consciousness or simply preventing the bodily functions from turning down.
In class, we talked about problems with the aggressive treatment of terminal patients. At what point can a person say enough is enough to these treatments and just accept nature as is, without feeling guilt? I feel today in society, those who have access to technologies that can prevent their death and reject it is viewed as “dumb.”
I feel a lot of the topics we covered this time is more real to me. Yes, we all need and have health insurance, but I never dealt with it on my own. I never met or knew of anyone who could not attain health coverage. I did not get sent to another country for surgery because it is cheaper. However, the topics we cover now can be seen in everyday life, and past experiences.
We have talked about stigmatisms surrounding illnesses and how much of it comes from the public, aside from our own personal views. Many symptoms that may be easily brushed off by one person can be worrisome to another. The latter person would have to face the decision of either viewing those symptoms collectively as an illness, or ignore it and continue with his usual routine.
Society has become more accepting of various illnesses, and even go one step ahead as to prevent possible illnesses and/or creating illnesses that, to the rest of the population, seem normal and of no concern. Admitting to having a certain disorder could possibly be beneficial. One may earn more sick leaves, be given more leeway, and have the ability to blame their behavior on the disorder (out of their control). Still, the majority would still be under the judgmental eye of society, feeling as if they are not “normal.” In this article, Corrigan, Druss, and Perlick cover the topic of mental illness: how society feels towards it, and how the person who has it must live and cope with it.
Today in class, we discussed how some people claim to have illnesses that are either not yet seen in the medical field, or are not classified as a pathological concern. This is depended not only on the medical field, but also the social construct and culture. While one country may attempt to give that “concern” a label, another may brush it off as nothing. An example given was a siesta. It’s true: thank god we have coffee.
In Conrad and Barker’s paper, they talk about how depending on the culture, not all illnesses are the same. Some are stigmatized, some contested, and others categorized as handicapped. My question is, if one person is in a society in which their condition is medicalized versus one who has been told to deal with it their whole life, how are they psychologically and physically? Would it be similar to a placebo effect, where the person who is told to deal with it eventually gets over it/has less symptoms?
It is undeniable that compared to the past, society has moved past stereotypes and gender roles. Still, many of us feel obligated to act a certain way. For example, the likelihood of seeing a girl crying in public is probably much higher than a guy doing the same. In class, we’ve covered race and social status as players in a person’s health and life span. In Bird’s and Rieker’s article, they talk about the role gender plays.
One topic in the article is depressive disorder. Surveys show women’s rates of depression compared to men’s is 50-100% higher. Granted, this can be due to multiple factors, including men being less likely to go get help, and their tendency to cope on their own. This connects to higher substance abuse rates (covered also in the article) for men than women.
The conservative view of masculinity undeniably still exists. At what point can women and men be equal and not be judged as being “weak” ?
While reviewing yesterday’s readings, I was struck by the comments made by people interviewed in the New York Times Article, “Million sof Poor are Left Uncovered by the State Law.” “The woman, who identified herself only as Robin L. because she does not want potential employers to know she is down on her luck” This sentence caught my attention.
It is understandable that most people probably would not want their identities exposed during interviews. For “Robin L” it was because she was afraid what potential employers might think of her status. While this is not all too surprising, it is even crazier how this doesn’t seem surprising. We say we should not discriminate and are not allowed to, but would this be counted as a form of discrimination?
As a student majoring in the sciences, I am presented with information that is applicable to contemporary times. Whether it is relevant to my everyday life is another story. SO 215 exposed me to topics that are both applicable and relevant. Two major topics that really interested me that was discussed the first two weeks of class was coverage, and the importance of being employed.
The subject of health insurance in the United States is highly spoken of and debated. It had never occurred to me just how much a person’s world revolved around acquiring health insurance, and how difficult this task could be. The video shown in class depicted just how chilling life in America without health insurance is. I was taken aback by the story of the college chemistry major graduate who had to get a minimum wage job just for its health insurance. A college student’s once bright future can easily turn bleak. That could be us. Granted, the new law now allows us to be on our parent’s health insurance until we are 26, but imagine if that law never passed. More bills to add on top of the student loans.
Recently, we turned our focus to other countries and how they handle the costs of health insurance and the problem (or lack thereof) with coverage. We had a chance to deliberate in small groups during discussion regarding Brill’s article and the issues with healthcare that Americans face. There were good comments made and I honestly think this is a topic that should be given more attention. The troubles with health care seem blatant and simple to point out. Actually coming up with solutions to these problems prove to be more difficult. The first obvious answer to solve America’s health care problem was to replicate our system to one of a successful country, for example, Germany. Yet, many other complications arise, such as differences in culture and where the power lies in either country. During discussion, the question on the worksheet asked what some possible strategies to address the issues may be. This question irritated me more than it should. I would think of one solution, only to find fault in it due to another hole in the health care system. It was like going in a circle. Obviously, there is no foolproof plan, otherwise it would be implemented already. Still, I do hope we will discuss more of how America is facing this issue.