For past centuries, medical sociologists have been interested in various aspects of health and illness in different cultures, economic backgrounds, and time era. According to Scambler (2008), certain economic factors are viewed responsible for the major changes in health patterns. Unemployment, economic growth, and income distribution are some of the key points considered in his book, Sociology as applied to medicine. Nettleton (2006) views the differences of health patterns in a more social and cultural perspective regar...
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...oductivity. Often times, our actions as individuals may be held liable for the well-being other individuals. Occasions where employees of certain occupations may risk the lives of other people, such as doctors giving medical prescriptions for their patient is an example of such. In this case, lack of sleep may blur their memory, causing them to give incorrect prescriptions of medications and risking the lives of their patients (Dispatches, season 27, episode 13 2012). Another simple example would be smoking. Smoking not only damages the smoker’s health, but it also harms people around them through second-hand smoking. Therefore, I would like to conclude by emphasizing the importance of improving and sustaining a healthy body and mind through the adaptation of an appropriate lifestyle, as health is not an individual problem but a societal phenomenon (WHO ©2016).
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