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Etiology is socially self-fulfilling: if the sacred disease is believed to be caused by
divine possession, then the god speaks in the epileptic fit.250 Each civilization
defines its own diseases.251 What is sickness in one might be chromosomal ...
When he assigns sick-status to a client, the contemporary physician might indeed
be acting in some ways similar to the sorcerer or the elder; but in belonging also
to a scientific profession that invents the categories it assigns when consulting, ...
To exonerate the sick from accountability for their illness has become a
predominant task, and new scientific categories of disease have been shaped for
the purpose. Medical school and clinic provide the doctor with the atmosphere in
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The Epidemics of Modern Medicine
The Medicalization of Life
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