How do we understand health in relation to society? What role does culture play in shaping our experiences of, and orientation to, health and illness? How do we understand medicine and medical treatment within a sociological framework?
Chapter : Social Class
There is a long history to the linkage between life events and poor health outcomes. As early as the seventeenth century Robert Burton described how melancholia was precipitated by environmental adversities, including interpersonal losses. Such observations began to be more systematically documented from the mid-twentieth century onwards. Specifically clusters of life events were noted to occur prior to the onset of physical and mental illness. Adolf Meyer was the first modern practitioner to argue that life events relate to psychopathology, developing a chart system for recording the temporal association of life experiences and ...