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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Women get sicker but men die quicker...

We had to read this article for our "medicine and society" class which confirmed for the most part what I suspected. Men don't like to go to the doctor and are also more likely to take part in "health-threatening behavior"

What was interesting was the notion that women might be "biologically" protected by their estrogen. In societies were women are routinely denied health care and men have access men still die sooner (although the gap is smaller).

Since our childbearing days are over long before we are near death I wonder what the selection factors were that influenced this development.

Click here to read the chapter we were assigned.... interesting stuff.


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