Health and Politics Research Paper

Health and Politics
A brief discussion on health disparities and bio medicalization.
# 154115 | 713 words | 4 sources | 2014 | KE
Published on Feb 08, 2015 in Political Science (General)

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"By the end of World War II, the expansion of medical jurisdiction, authority and practice of new realms became widespread. Through integration of techno scientific, innovations have been coalescing which has come to be known as the second transformation of American medicine. However, within modern medicine, social significant categories and characteristics such as race and ethnicity, sex and gender and age have taken on a new salience.
"Similarly, specific ideas and meaningful aspects of personhood have divided humanity medically, as well as refashioning medical research and practice in the U.S. This brings in the concept of health disparities, where health disparities is defined as inequalities with regard to health status, access to health, care or experiences within the health care system, measured according to factors such as race, class, gender, geographic location and sexual identity (Epstein, 2007, p. 3) .
"In most cases, groups such as women, children, the elderly, racial ethnic minorities and marginalized locations are core areas subjected to stereotyping when it comes to health. On that note, Episten, S. (2007, P.1), citing from a New York's Times editorial medical journal in 2004titled "men and women are different",he has tried to reflect how personhood divide humanity into medically distinguishable populations. According to the citation, men and women sometimes reported different symptoms of the same disease. Thecited journal by Episten observed that, "sex differences have been noted in most major cardiovascular diseases" andlikewise, certain drugs appeared to be more effective in one sex than the other and in other case produced severe side effects in one sex, (Episten, S. (2007, P. 2)"

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