DiscussionCulture, Health, and Medicine
Medicinedeals with diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases. It,therefore, plays a role in ensuring that people stay safe fromlife-threatening diseases. For my family, medicines help keep ushealthy and protected from disease-causing organisms such asbacteria, viruses, and other microbes. As an individual, medicineholds the key to survival because it prolongs our lives. Throughmedicine, human beings have been able to come up with new ways oftreating or preventing diseases that were in the untreatable past.When Sick, I visit hospitals and make appointments with my physician. At the hospitals, the doctors usually conduct tests and once thecause has been confirmed and prescriptions written, I visit thepharmacy to purchase my meds. Normally I see my family doctor but ifam far I visit the nearest hospital and always remember to inform himor her about my medical history. I do not go to work when am sick. Iprefer taking a bed rest while I take my medication. My family andfriends take care of me because I may be unable to perform mosttasks.
WhenI have a cold or a headache I always go for over the counter druglike pain killers. If the conditions persist, I arrange to visit adoctor. I have not memorized the names of many drugs, especiallytheir brand names. I believe my responses fall under thefunctionalist approach (Buunk, Gibbons, & Buunk, 2013). Sicknessimpairs one’s ability to function normally and visit the hospitalto receive the proper treatment. I feel that this culture means thatif one is sick they must go to a physician and get the rightmedication. Medical practitioners have a big role to play, in that,they are responsible for testing which medical conditions one has anddecide on the right medication (Bowling, 2014). As a patient, I haveto follow instructions given by a doctor if I want to get well.Observing instructions mean completing the indicated dosages andensuring that I take the necessary precautions so that I do not fallsick again.
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Buunk,B. P., Gibbons, F. X., & Buunk, A. (Eds.). (2013). Health,coping, and well-being: Perspectives from social comparison theory.Psychology Press.