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Medicine has the authority to label one man's complaint a legitimate illness, to
declare a second man sick though he himself does not complain, and tfl rrfnsct n '
. third social recognition of his pain□ his disability, and even his death.22 It is ...
political status of physical disease by denying to mental deviance the character of
disease, is a minority position in the West, although it seems to be close to an
official doctrine in modern China, where mental illness is perceived as a political
Between 1943 and 1951, 75 percent of the persons questioned claimed to have
suffered from illness during the preceding month.5 By 1972, 95 percent of those
surveyed in one study considered themselves unwell during the fourteen days ...
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The Epidemics of Modern Medicine
The Medicalization of Life
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