Verkörperte Ungleichheiten: Herausforderungen für die psychosomatische Medizin

Translated title of the contribution: Embodied inequalities: Challenges for psychosomatic medicine

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Even though highly criticized, the reductionist biomedical paradigm dominates medicine until today. This downplays that we as humans are not only biological organisms but simultaneously also social beings which live in socially organized societies. Disease and premature mortality are thus embodied expressions of the conditions under which we live and work. The paper outlines that a large part of prevailing diseases are strongly influenced by social, economic and political determinants and analyses how social inequalities get under the skin and cause adverse health. Considering social as well as biological processes can generate new evidence, how we biologically incorporate our lived experience and thus create social patterns of health and illness not only in societies but also between societies.

Translated title of the contributionEmbodied inequalities: Challenges for psychosomatic medicine
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalPPmP Psychotherapie Psychosomatik Medizinische Psychologie
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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