20 mai 2017

Ivan Illich, Medical Nemesis, The Expropriation of Health (note de lectura)

Pantheon Books, New York, 1976, Random House Inc.

1. The Epidemics of Modern Medicine

During the past three generations the diseases afflicting Western societies have undergone dramatic changes. Those are equated with a decrease in suffering and attributed to better medical care.

There is in fact no evidence of any direct relationship between this mutation of sickness and the so-called progress of medicine.

An expanding proportion of the new burden of disease of the last 15 years is the result of medical intervention in favor of people who are or might become sick (iatrogenic diseases).

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