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The choice of the drug is a function of the culture, but the abuse of the drug is a
function of the man. The ritualization of drug-taking creates its subculture: thus
the history of drug addiction as that of society must be rewritten every few years.
Even in those circumstances in which the physician is technically equipped to
play the technical role to which he aspires, he inevitably also fulfills religious,
magical, ethical, and political functions. In each of these functions the
Paradoxically, the more attention is focused on the technical mastery of disease,
the larger becomes the symbolic and nontechnical function performed by medical
technology. The less proof there is that more money increases survival rates in ...
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The most explosive, uncompromising, thoroughly researched attack on the gravest health hazard we face today: our medical system. In this landmark book, one of the most brilliant social critics of our ... Read full review
The Epidemics of Modern Medicine
The Medicalization of Life
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