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Michel Foucalt, Professional, and Health Care

Base on mental setting
1). what is the relationship between knowledge and power and how does this influence the social distribution of health and illness?
2). How do professionals groups establish power over human being?
3). how does knowledge shape the professional management of socially 'deviant' individuals?
4). How does choices subjectivity and social action relate to sickness?
Also Michel Foucalt's concerned with disclosure of scientific knowledge, exercising of professional power, surveillance discipline and control, and the physical body.
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Base on mental setting
1). what is the relationship between knowledge and power and how does this influence the social distribution of health and illness?
It is well-documented that the more education a person has the more likely the individual will have better health. The self-empowerment comes from understanding options that are available and better self-care/prevention of illness.
According to GINA KOLATA (New York Times, 1-3-07) "There is evidence that people with more powerful jobs and, presumably, with more control over their work lives, are healthier and longer lived." Adriana Lleras-Muney writes about a relevant study of economists in 1969 and says, "If you want to improve health, you will get more return by investing in education than by investing in medical care." A holistic medical provider will be mindful of body, and mind in treatment. The clinician that simply analyzes symptoms and offers a drug or band aid but fails to listen or address other stressors in a patient's life may fail to adequately treat a problem. Looking at those living in poverty, with limited access to good education and resources, a provider would benefit from addressing mental health along with physical issues for collective health and wellness.

2). How do professionals groups establish power over human being?
Professional groups have power due to the collective thought and industry-wide developed policies and standards of the field. For example, the position of the American Public Health Association in the area of abortion supports the health of the mother. This may not be the popular direction in some circles because people in the group may oppose abortion. But the collective power of ...

Solution Summary

Professional power with reference to health care provisions, mental health and professional power for communities is discussed.

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