at any time new technological advances, new medical discoveries, new ways of looking at the structure and functioning of the body or brain could replace the current orthodoxy and epilepsy could come to be seen in a completely different light.
Secular/Scientific concepts often at odds with local religious or ethical systems
Example HIV awareness programmes in Texas
In some African states condoms seen as undermining masculinity, anal sex in many places a way of avoiding pregnancy or cleansing oneself of AIDS virus.
Important definitions for sociology of Health and Illness
Morbidity- amounts of certain types of illness, heart disease, cancer etc -Subjective?
Mortality – death. Relative health of social groups assessed by comparing infant mortality rates- Objective?
Disease- can be used in two main 1). any pathological (unhealthy) condition, bodily or mental whether caused through accident or injury 2). it can be used to refer to a specific medically diagnosed condition with distinctive, recognised symptoms.- Subjective or objective?