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Despite such successes, an orthodox commitment to Western dreams of reason
in Marxist shape may now destroy what political virtue, combined with traditional
pragmatism, has achieved. The bias towards technological progress and ...
Cultured health is bounded by each society's style in the art ofliving, feasting,
suffering, and dying.10 All traditional cultures derive their hygienic function from
this ability to equip the individual with the means for making pain tolerable,
Exploiting minorities sold liquor or preached religion to dull their victims, and
slaves took to the blues or to coca-chewing. But beyond a critical point of
exploitation, traditional economies which were built on the resources of the
human body ...
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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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