“Limits to Medicine. Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health (1975)”

Author: Ivan Illich
Publisher: Marion Boyars

“Book review: Limits to Medicine”
-Doctor Skeptic

“Ivan Illich was a philosopher and historian who published several books in the 1970s targeting areas like medicine, transport, education and energy use. His thesis was that modern, western, industrialisation and in particular the institutionalization of specialised knowledge by the professions has far-reaching negative consequences. His 1975 book Limits to Medicine. Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health made his case against modern, institutionalised medicine. He felt that more expensive and specialised medicine was more likely to be harmful and less effective, and that important aspects of the life experience such as birth, mating, suffering, aging and dying were being medicalized.”


summation- overinstitutionalization leads to complexity/cost that interferes with basic medical care.

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