ISSN 1538-1080

The ‘Sickening’ Search for Health: Ivan Illich’s revised thoughts on the medicalization of life and medical iatrogenesis.

The ‘Sickening’ Search for Health: Ivan Illich’s revised thoughts on the medicalization of life and medical iatrogenesis.

Abstract:

Ivan Illichs claim that the medical establishment has become a major threat to health as a result the medicalisation of life and the development of medical iatrogenesis (negative medical effects on health) appears to have been accurately prophetic. Expensive, specialised, intensive, technological and professionalised care has developed to the point that the general community is now unable to understand and deal with ordinary life processes such as pain, suffering and death. Although the medical profession is closely implicated in the development of this situation, along with capitalist and financial imperatives and institutional domination, Todays major pathogen[is] the pursuit of the healthy body (Illich, 1986, p. 1325).

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