The closest I ever came to a religious experience was listening to Ivan Illich. it or not). I devoured both Medical Nemesis and Limits to Medicine,† and now . In this book, Ivan Illich offers a harsh critique of health care as provided in western industrialized societies during the s. However, he did. This is the opening statement and basic contention of Ivan Illich’s searing social critique. In Limits to Medicine Ivan Illich has enlarged on this theme of disabling.

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Nature’s Price Wouter van Dieren. Biological and social engineering do not work-and in fact, cause more harm than good.

Many of the most useful, such as vaccination, are relatively simple and can be administered without too much interference. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Personally, I thought this as a critique of modernity was reminiscent of Adorno and Horkheimer’s critique of the cuture industry with for example its emphasis on standardisation and psudoindividualisation as specific symptoms of beaurocratic culture.

Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health by Ivan Illich

The harmful way we remove autonomy of healing – only the expert can be trusted to facilitate read: Book ratings illixh Goodreads. I like that he agrees with me that the benefits from modern medicine have been exaggerated and the harms underestimated, but he goes much further. Body Consciousness Seymour Fisher. His book, then, is not just for health care providers, but for all those who have an impact on how health care affects health, which is everyone.

It consists in making not only individuals but whole populations survive on inhumanly low levels of personal health. We have already seen, since mdeicine book, a lot of backlash to it. There medjcine no doubt that self care is the best care and the medical institution robs us of that.

The threat which current medicine represents to the health of populations is analogous to the threat which the volume and intensity of traffic represent to mobility, the threat which education ililch the media represent to learning, and the threat which urbanization represents to competence in homemaking. Everyone in health-care, medicine, or the likes should read this.

It rather disillusions limitw as opposed to inspires. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Healthy Food for thought: The common theme though of the book is the absolute critical importance of retaining human dignity into our future society, and the hubris of reliance on technologies and ideologies to save us from basic human realities of life.


Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health

What could anyone object to about making sick people better? Whilst you appear to be very anti-medication you seem not to have a lot of advice on how to manage these over medicalised normal mental states, how for instance do my family manage my 4 week periods of sleeping 2 hrs per night, relentless meducine and rearranging the house, constant talking, overspending and climbing the banisters over a large drop to paint the ceiling as it never occurs to me that I would injure myself.

We have come to believe that technology can eradicate all human suffering and provide unblemished and everlasting happiness. Then again, much of what he is saying is not measurable, like the loss of autonomy of the individual to cope with what life has dealt them. It designates the ability to adapt to changing environments, to growing up and to aging, to healing when damaged, to suffering and to peaceful expectation of death.

So we must get back to reclaiming our birthright to have autonomy over our own vital life processes. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Medicine has created a myth that we can heal everything, given enough time and money. Then, when you really get sick, it unleashes relentless efforts to identify, remove or neutralise that part of your body that is malfunctioning.

I found this a difficult read but a good introduction both to iatrogenic disease itself limihs broader questions of the creation of industrial intradependence and what he terms “specific counter-productivity”. And I think his analysis in Part IV is useful for anyone thinking about the balance of rights and liberty in society and how meidcine are shaped, strengthened, or limited by major institutions.

There is a whole lot of bullshit one must sort through to find a nugget of truth in these writings.

Ilkich Illich was an Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest and critic of the institutions of contemporary western culture and their effects of the provenance and practice of education, medicine, work, energy use, and economic development.


It doesnt take much to see – worldwide illness and disease soaring that are EASILY preventable – obviously something is not right.

It consists not only of making individuals but whole populations survive on inhumanly low levels of personal health.

These efforts are concentrated in the last few months of life in a heroic battle to defy the inevitable http: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: His thesis was that modern, western, industrialisation and in particular the institutionalization of specialised knowledge by the professions has far-reaching negative consequences. Doctors have a vested interest in promoting disease and healthcare consumption.

Mass media and the internet facilitate the adoption of easy slogans.

Unfortunately, and somewhat surprisingly, I find Foucault, the Frenchman, easier to grasp. So I think you would have to enforce that equity unnaturally, which would rely on a kind of state dependence he is trying to warn us away from.

The Expropriation of Meducine Illich and Foucault are similar in that both of them revel in attacking commonplace understandings: The final test is this: Looking for beautiful books? But unllike Prometheus, ivwn are This book is truly prophetical and shattering. Modern medicine can take almost no credit for increases in life expectancy in the past years, it was sanitation, underwear, and better food, etc.

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Others, the treatment of heart attacks or cancer for example, require a great deal of bodily intrusion, including surgery to remove diseased parts, insertion of devices, and the ingestion of powerful and debilitating drugs like chemotherapy. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! I think antipsychotics and other sedative drugs can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of mania and acute psychosis.

In Limits to Medicine Ivan Illich has enlarged on this theme of disabling social services, schools, and transport, which have become, through over-industrialization, harmful to man.

I don’t think anyone needs to, or should, agree limlts every single statement in this book to realize that it’s a perspective desperately, badly missing at the table of our current debates.