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Reconstructing the mixed mechanisms of health: the role of bio- and socio-markers

Ghiara, Virginia and Russo, Federica (2018) Reconstructing the mixed mechanisms of health: the role of bio- and socio-markers. [Preprint]

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Abstract

It is widely agreed that social factors are related to health outcomes: much research served to establish correlations between classes of social factors on the one hand and classes of disease on the other hand. However, why and how social factors are an active part in the aetiology of disease development is something that is gaining attention only recently in the health sciences and in the medical humanities. In this paper, we advance the view that, just as bio-markers help trace the causal continuum from exposure to disease development at the biological level, socio-markers ought to be introduced and studied in order to trace the social continuum from exposure to disease development. We explain how socio-markers differ from social indicators and how they can be used in combination with bio-markers in order to reconstruct the mixed mechanisms of health and disease, namely mechanisms in which both biological and social factors have an active causal role.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Ghiara, VirginiaV.Ghiara@kent.ac.uk
Russo, FedericaF.Russo@uva.nl
Keywords: biomarker • sociomarker • aetiology of disease • social indicators • epidemiology
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Miss Virginia Ghiara
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2019 18:29
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2019 18:29
Item ID: 15549
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15549

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