The Medicalization of Society On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (E–book/E–pub) á Peter Conrad
Was one of the first scholars to study medicalization starting
In The 1970s With ADHD This Book Builds On His the 1970s with ADHD This book builds on his three decades of esearch in the field and the detailed sources are by far his three decades of esearch in the field and the detailed sources are by far strongest accomplishment However Conrad has lost the distance necessary to take a neutral look at the complex phenomena he describesMedicalization is the process by "which something becomes defined as a medical problem ather than a " something becomes defined as a medical problem Essays One rather than a criminal or moral failure or simply a delusion As such it is entirely about the definition and boundaries of illness and theesponsibilities for health allocated to doctors patients insurance companies and pharmaceutical esearchers From Conrad s perspective medicalization has advanced on all fronts claiming new territory The problem with medicalization is that it educes 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 eally a uestion about definitions esponsibility and values then we need to step back and examine the ways in which diseases are defined the conseuences of holding various stakeholders esponsible 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 Normal v deviant behavior is transformed by medicalization pathologization of psychological disorders whereby deviant behavior is labeled stigmatized but at the same time justified and used as a form of social control Research focuses on various aspects of medicalization ADHD biotechnology eproductive technologies pharmaceutical companies and the medical field are critically examined Great insight Another excellent book by 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 patient as consumer have become the major forces promoting medicalization This thought provoking study offers valuable insight into not only how medicalization got to this point but also how it may continue to evol.
Peter Conrad ↠ 5 SummaryViors that fall outside of predetermined norms While medicalization or viewing issues from a medical perspective brings benefits to the sick it also creates illnesses so that pharmaceutical companies and others can profit Take male baldness or female breast augmentation both emerge as ways for individuals to alter their bodies to meet a stupid and harmful and shallow societal conception of beautyAs an aspiring clinical psychologist I loved Conrad s critical approach to medicalization and how he uestioned many concepts several people take for granted Medicalization both heals many and harms many and by accepting it as neither good nor bad we can work to enhance its benefits and minimize its negatives For example many
psychiatrists and others in the medical field encourage antidepressants or other drugs toand others in the medical field encourage antidepressants or other drugs to with mental illness even when several studies support the efficacy of therapy over drug treatments alone Medicalization intersects with money and with politics the amazing work of gay ights activists and how they decreased public perception of homosexuality as disease shows how we can work to change the status uo for the better Conrad includes many elevant examples as he writes about the expansion of medicalization and its conseuencesOverall a well written book I would ecommend to anyone interested in health sociology or psychology One main takeaway you do not have to take medicine to make your problems eal From my studies and personal experiences I perceive that with the ise of to make your problems eal From my studies and personal experiences I perceive that with the ise of biomedical model people feel biased toward medicine to legitimize their issues and to work as a uick fix for their struggles But many holistic and effective therapies exist even if they involve effort than swallowing a pill 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. S trend with case studies of short stature social anxiety 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 ecent developments such as the growing number of possible diagnoses and biomedical enhancements the future direction of. ,
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culture published bypublished by Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture Okay intro to the study of medicalization Not much on physical disorders popping up ecentlymostly psychological Would like on the drug industry s financial backing of grass oots campaigns to get diseases ecognized mainstream Will look elsewhere for something comprehensive Would also like on identity and illness particularly something that explores illness and American identity Great introduction to the theory of the medicalization of society A good follow up to this is Medicating Modern America by Andrea Tone and Elizabeth Watkins Really A Great Book a great book the term medicalization and how it affected us very simple and in detail Loved it 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 densebook explores many facets of medicalization and demedicalization The intro is dense but the est of the book flows easily There are a few times it seems like Conrad is epeating himself eg didn t I ead that same sentence in chapter 2 but still the content was insightful I m looking forward to eading his earlier work Deviance and Medicalization Might have been interesting were the writing not so DRY Also there s a lack of nuance here that 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 ead Just as we now do with aging and ADHD we once medicalized homosexuality and masturbation In The Medicalization of Society Peter Conrad argues that society pathologizes diversity and educes people s acceptance of beha. 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 esearch Peter Conrad explores the changing forces behind thi.