Soc 427 Health and Illness Discussion 1

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Responses must be 300 words each and use in-text citation

Required response from Prompt 1: Choose A or B

  1. The purpose of this exercise is to explore different ways of
    finding material on policies for dealing with AIDS in elementary

    • Go to, and search for “AIDS in elementary schools.”
      What types of materials do you find? Research reports? Policy
      statements? Personal essays?
    • Now use Google to go to PubMed, the National Library of
      Medicine’s database of scholarly articles. Then, search again for “AIDS
      in elementary schools.” How does the type of information you get from
      PubMed differ from the type of information you found using Google?
    • Go to PubMed again, but this time search for “HIV in elementary
      schools” rather than “AIDS in elementary schools.” How does this affect
      your results?

    Prompt 2

  2. You have one kidney available that biologically matches all the
    following people. The one who receives the kidney will gain a longer
    life and better quality of life; the rest will die soon. Which one would
    you give it to? How would you justify your decision? What moral and
    social values or principles underlie your decision?

    • Jill, 23 years old, white, is a former drug addict and single
      mother. She was taking classes at a community college, but had to quit
      to go on dialysis. She is now on welfare, with Medicaid paying all her
      medical expenses.
    • John, 55 years old, white, married with no children. He is a
      successful business executive who owns his own company. He has partial
      health insurance and will probably go bankrupt soon because of medical
    • Bob, 30 years old, HIV-infected, white, architect. He has no health insurance. Single, no children.
    • David, 25 years old, single with no children, African-American.
      He is trying to obtain a graduate degree in history while coping with
      physical problems caused by kidney failure. He has no health
    • Martha, 40 years old, homemaker and mother of two,
      African-American, married to a police officer. Her insurance will pay
      all costs.

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