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in our awareness the social situation in which those who suffer find themselves.
The character of the society shapes to some degree the personality of those who
suffer and thus determines the way they experience their own physical aches ...
The duty to suffer in their guise distracts attention from otherwise all-absorbing
sensation and challenges the sufferer to bear torture with dignity. The cultural
setting not only provides the grammar and technique, the myths and examples
This raised threshold of physiologically mediated experience, which is
characteristic of a medicalized society, makes it extremely difficult today to
recognize in the capacity for suffering a possible symptom of health. The
reminder that suffering ...
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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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