MIT HST 934J - The Human Anatomy of a Small Planet (7 pages)

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Hst 934j - Introduction to Global Medicine: Bioscience, Technologies, Disparities, Strategies
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Health in Action Worldmapper The Human Anatomy of a Small Planet Danny Dorling The Challenge Understanding Global Inequalities Throughout the world people who are vulnerable and socially disadvantaged have less access to health resources get sicker and die earlier than people in more privileged social positions Health equity gaps are growing today despite unprecedented global wealth and technological progress 1 You can say it 1 you can prove it 2 you can tabulate it 3 but it is only when you show it that it hits home 4 There is a long history of using illustrations to help spread new medical scienti c ideas Anatomical imagery for example is at least 500 years old 5 That imagery allowed us to look inside human beings and among much else showed us just how much of the brain was dedicated to visual understanding We now know that good health relies as much on the anatomy of society as on the anatomy of our bodies 6 And we are just beginning to learn that an unequal human world is also more likely to be a sick world How though can we better understand the distribution of health resources around the world and of where most people are sick and die early as compared to people in more privileged positions How can we fathom the extent to which health equity gaps are growing despite unprecedented global wealth and technological progress Drawing images is one way to engage more of our imagination to help understand the extent and arrangement of world inequalities in health Medical Mapping The science of the make up of world human anatomy cartography has a similar history to that of anatomical drawing Gerardus Mercator s wall The Health in Action section is a forum for individuals or organizations to highlight their innovative approaches to a particular health problem PLoS Medicine www plosmedicine org maps of 1569 were produced just 14 years after the second edition of Andreas Vesalius humani corporis fabrica And just as Vesalius images helped guide the scalpel through esh



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