Patient empowerment and the dilemmas of late-modern medicalisation.

Abstract

In Medical Nemesis, 1 perhaps the most infl uential defi nition of medicalisation ever written, historian-philosopher Ivan Illich argued that by overextending its scientifi c and cultural authority, modern medicine had itself become a threat to health, a fount of " doctor infl icted injuries " and " iatrogenic disease ". 1 Although Illich's 1975 book… (More)

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