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In every society, medicine, like law and religion, defines what is normal, proper,
or desirable. 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 ...
Leifer, Goffman, Szasz, Laing, and others are all interested in the political
genesis of mental illness and its use for political purposes.30 In order to make
their point, they all contrast "unreal" mental with "real" physical disease: in their
view the ...
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
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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 Medicalization of Life
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