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Who gets sick and why?: the lense of Primordial Prevention

Who gets sick and why?: the lense of Primordial Prevention

Primordial prevention targets the “causes of the causes” of ill-health and harm – the social and political determinants of health. In the US, these political and social environments are characterized by dramatic class-, gender-, and race-based inequalities in health, wealth, representation, agency, safety, rights, and opportunity. Continue reading


  • Neglect is “a deficit in attention and awareness of one side of space”, usually the left side, contralateral to right-hemisphere damage (Wikipedia). It is caused by a problem in the brain, usually a lesion or damage from stroke, rather than a problem of sensation. That is, the eyes work fine, but the brain, because of physical damage to some critical area, fails to incorporate all the spatial and object information available into the model accessible by attention and conscious awareness. Put even more simply, some people with just the right kind of brain damage are unaware of ½ of the visual information being collected by their eyes.

About S. Lee Ware

Welcome to my personal real-time repository of miscellanies encountered on the long path through medical training and beyond. I'm preoccupied with (and write about) topics across the breadth of the basic and clinical sciences, health systems development, and social justice, and I advocate the moral imperative and organizing principle of universal access to appropriate, humane, sustainable health services. Professionally, I'm progressing toward a career at the convergence of women's care, global health, and human rights. All my work, unless otherwise labeled, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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