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CHARACTERS õ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Peter ConradTroduction to the theory of the medicalization of society A good follow up to this is Medicating Modern America by Andrea Tone and Elizabeth Watkins Normal v deviant behavior is transformed by medicalization pathologization of psychological disorders whereby deviant behavior is labeled stigmatized but at the same time ustified and used as a form of social control Research focuses on various aspects of medicalization ADHD biotechnology reproductive technologies p A good foray into the history of and predictions about the future of medicalization By exploring men s health ADHD human growth hormone and homosexuality this book explores many facets of medicalization and demedicalization The "Intro Is Dense Reading But The Rest "is dense reading but the rest the book flows easily There are a few times it seems like Conrad is repeating himself eg didn t I read that same sentence in chapter 2 but still the content was insightful I m looking forward to reading his earlier work Deviance and Medicalization My review of this book will appear in the next issue of Culture published by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture Just as we now do with aging and ADHD we once medicalized homosexuality and masturbation In The Medicalization of Society Peter Conrad. MedicalizationConrad contends that the impact of medical professionals on medicalization has diminished Instead the pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries insurance
companies and HMOs and the as consumer have become the major forces promoting medicalization Thisand HMOs and the patient as consumer have become the forces promoting medicalization This provoking study offers valuable insight into not only how medicalization got to this point but also how it may continue to evol. A he describesMedicalization is the process by which something becomes defined as a medical problem rather than a social criminal or moral failure or simply a delusion As such it is entirely a medical problem rather than a social criminal or moral failure or simply a delusion As such it is entirely the definition and boundaries of illness and the responsibilities for health allocated to doctors patients insurance companies and pharmaceutical researchers From Conrad s perspective medicalization has advanced on all fronts claiming new territory The problem with medicalization is that it reduces the diversity of human existence to normal and a series of pathologies and that it is being carried out by pharmaceutical companies which stand to benefit from new diseases and drugsI don t disagree with these complaints but if medicalization is really a uestion about definitions responsibility and values then we need
TO STEP BACK AND EXAMINE THEstep back and examine the in which diseases are defined the conseuences of holding various stakeholders responsible and what our values truly are Medicalization is a symptom of our desire to control our own destines medical interventions are widely believed to be effective not a problem to be fixed Really a great book Argues the term medicalization and how it affected us very simple and in detail Loved it Great in. S trend with case "Studies Of Short Stature Social "of short stature social male menopause erectile dysfunction adult ADHD and sexual orientation He examines the emergence of and changes in medicalization the conseuences of the expanding medical domain and the implications for health and society He finds in recent developments such as the growing number of possible diagnoses and biomedical enhancements the future direction of. ,
Another excellent book by Peter Conrad Might have been interesting were the "writing not so DRY Also there s a lack of nuance here "not so DRY Also there s a lack of nuance here I find immensely troubling of the medicalization is ALWAYS bad sort The author does not seem to consider that medicalization can have a few advantages particularly for controversial illnesses CFS fibromyalgia and those who have those illnesses Overall a disappointing read Okay intro to the study of medicalization Not much on physical disorders popping up recentlymostly psychological Would like on the drug industry s financial backing "Of Grass Roots Campaigns " grass roots campaigns get diseases recognized mainstream Will look elsewhere for something comprehensive Would also like on identity and illness particularly something that explores illness and American identity You ever fought a war for so long that you can t even imagine what the end would look like This book is something like that Peter Conrad was one of the first scholars to study medicalization starting in the 1970s with ADHD This book builds on his than three decades of research in the field and the detailed sources are by far its strongest accomplishment However Conrad has lost the distance necessary to take a neutral look at the complex phenomen. Over the past half century the social terrain of health and illness has been transformed What were once considered normal human events and common human problems birth aging menopause alcoholism and obesity are now viewed as medical conditions For better or worse medicine increasingly permeates aspects of daily lifeBuilding on than three decades of research Peter Conrad explores the changing forces Behind Thi. thi.