Inventing disease and pushing pills: pharmaceutical companies and the medicalisation of normal life

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Routledge, Jul 25, 2006 - Medical - 159 pages
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Sexually unsatisfied? Chronically tired? Menopausal? High cholesterol? Don't be fooled into believing that you are sick - you are healthier than you think! The pharmaceutical industry is redefining health, slowly making it a state that is almost impossible to achieve. Many normal life processes - states as natural as birth, aging, sexuality, unhappiness and death - are systematically being reinterpreted as pathological so creating new markets for their treatments. In this enlightening book, Jorg Blech reveals: - how the invention of diseases by pharmaceutical companies is turning us all into patients, and how we can protect ourselves against this - how the medical profession has been bullied and co-opted into endorsing profitable cures for people who aren't ill - fears about how pharmaceutical companies create markets by playing on the general public's concern with their health "Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills" is an accessible and reassuring account of how the pharmaceutical industry is eradicating health. It will appeal to doctors, nurses and all medical professionals as well as the general public.

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Contents

Limitless healing
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Myths of medicine
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A disease called diagnosis
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