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Limits to Medicine - Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of the Health

Author: Illich, Ivan

Publication Year: 1976


Author's Note
Part I. The Clinical Iatrogenesis
1. Epidemics of Modern Medicine
Doctor's effectiveness - an illusion
Useless medical treatment
Doctor-inflicted injuries
Defenceless position

Part II. Social Iatrogenesis
2. Medicalization of life
Political transmission of iatrogenic
Social iatrogenesis
Medical monopoly
Value-free cure?
The medicalization of the budget
The pharmaceutical invasion
Diagnostic imperialism
Preventive stigma
Terminal ceremonies
Black magic
Patient majorities

Part III. Cultural Iatrogenesis
3. The killing of pain
4. The Invention and Elimination of disease
5. Death against death
Death as commodity
The devotional dance of the dead
The danse macabre
Dourgeois death
Clinical death
Trade union claims to a natural death
Death under intensive care

Part IV. The politics of health
6. Specific counterproductivity
Marginal disutilities
Commodities vs. Use values
Modernization of poverty

7. Political Countermeasures
Consumer Protection for addicts
Equal access to torts
Public control over the profession mafia
The scientific organization - of life
Engineering a plastic womb
8. The recovery of health
Industrialized nemesis
From Inherited Myth to Respectful procedure
The right to health
Health as a virtue

Subject index
Index of names

Format Print
Keywords public health, development, drugs, medicine
Publisher Penguin Books
Classification medicine
ISBN 0140220097
Pages 296
Categories: Books
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