Society discussion 13 and 14

  1. I believe in health care as a human right” (Links to an external site.) (video, 3:30 minutes)“
  2. 10 questions for Paul Farmer (Links to an external site.)
  3. GPCC, chapter 8, “Health and disease”

What are the basic questions to ask about patterns of disease at any point in time and space?

Describe the relationships between (1) culture and disease; (2) cities and disease; (3) environmental change and disease; and (4) human ecology and disease.

What is a “signature disease” of a specific historical time and pattern of geographic connections? How is HIV/AIDS an example of a signature disease?

What are arguments for healthcare as a global public good (and as a human right), as opposed to healthcare as an individual, commodified choice?

Discussion 14

 “Disease evolution: How new illnesses emerge when we change how we live” (Links to an external site.)

To understand the Wuhan Coronavirus, look at the epidemic triangle (Links to an external site.)

“To prevent next Coronavirus, stop the wildlife trade, conservationists say” (Links to an external site.)

“Outbreaks like the coronavirus start and spread from the edge of cities” (Links to an external site.

“How the virus got out” (Links to an external site.)

“Covid-19: The monster is at the door” (Links to an external site.)

“What a Coronavirus recovery could look like” (Links to an external site.)

Monkey meat and the Ebola outbreak in Liberia (Links to an external site.) (video, 12 minutes)

“Journalist goes undercover in ‘wet markets'” (Links to an external site.)

The Kenyan fishing community ravaged by AIDS (Links to an external site.) (video, 17 minutes)

Chagas: A silent killer [Argentina] (Links to an external site.) (video, 26 minutes)

River of Hope [Schistosomiasis] (Links to an external site.) (video, 48 minutes)

Describe any two of the cases of disease  discussed in GPCC or the internet readings from the standpoint of the relationships between (1) culture/economy and disease; (2) cities/towns and disease; (3) environmental change and disease; and (4) human ecology and disease.

In the above contexts, what is the argument for health care as a human right and public good, rather than a personal, commodified choice?

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