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Our unhealthy obsession with sickness

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:14am

Our unhealthy obsession with sickness: "Essentially, the term medicalisation means that problems we encounter in everyday life are reinterpreted as medical ones. So problems that might traditionally have been defined as existential - that is, the problems of existence - have a medical label attached to them. Today, it is difficult to think of any kind of human experience that doesn't come with a health warning or some kind of medical explanation."

It can be very comforting to believe that if we want relief from our miseries, all we need to do is turn to our doctor and let him fix all our problems with a pill !

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