The closest I ever came to a religious experience was listening to Ivan Illich. it or not). I devoured both Medical Nemesis and Limits to Medicine,† and now . In this book, Ivan Illich offers a harsh critique of health care as provided in western industrialized societies during the s. However, he did. This is the opening statement and basic contention of Ivan Illich’s searing social critique. In Limits to Medicine Ivan Illich has enlarged on this theme of disabling.

Author: Moogur Nezshura
Country: Ecuador
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Software
Published (Last): 8 July 2015
Pages: 78
PDF File Size: 19.60 Mb
ePub File Size: 12.40 Mb
ISBN: 269-6-28636-268-2
Downloads: 67675
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Misar

There is a trade-off, however, which is rarely acknowledged since medicine has mmedicine such an apparently indispensable part ican our lives. He felt that more expensive and specialised medicine was more likely to be harmful and less effective, and that important aspects of the life experience such as birth, mating, suffering, aging and dying were being medicalized.

This is like being caught up in the medico-legal vicious cycle of impairment evaluation and compensation claims: His iva was that doctors are the last people who should be asked to comment on and control the state of medicine.

You sir are a true skeptic. Illich and Foucault are similar in that both of them revel in attacking commonplace understandings: You are equally as guilty of clear bias in not accepting medical models for mental illness and twisting research to meet your views.

Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health

As usual, your writing is excellent. We or our health growing better without the medicine institutes contribution. The wishful thinking that medicine has come to embody obscures the limitations of the human condition, leaving people less aware of their own nature. Mark rated it it was amazing Apr 18, Big government and industry have taken the issue out of the home, community, and neighborhood into the hands of big pharma, the hospital, and specialists.


He clearly believes that most of our major systems today focus on the latter, to the detriment of illihc they are intended for. There is so much in this book that gets right to the heart of the problem we face.

Limits to Medicine : Medical Nemesis – The Expropriation of Health

It doesnt take much to see – worldwide illness and disease soaring that are EASILY preventable – obviously something is not right. His book Limits to Medicine. So for the health care system, the focus on industrial output of new treatment creates a dependence on hospitals and medicines and liits that prevent citizens from understanding their own power for self-care, so that in the end we end up dumping ever more resources into a system that in fact is now harming, rather than helping, health.

Email required Address never made public. Big is not better, in fact, it’s harmful. Reading this as a medical student it made the most perfect lucid sense.

Doctors have a vested interest in promoting disease and healthcare consumption. Oct 08, Megan rated it really liked it Shelves: To carry that further, I would say that giving this book to a doctor is like giving a copy of The God Delusion to a minister of religion.

So I think you would have to enforce that equity unnaturally, which would rely on a kind of state dependence he is trying to warn us away from.

Illich is the counterbalance we need if we’re to remember what words mean, what we want to be working towards, the kind of world we’d like to live in, and what makes up a good life. Before the social movements and transformations produced standardized health care, people of various cultures coped and adjusted in their own ways to the suffering they experienced.

Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health by Ivan Illich

The horrific amount of waste of time and resources. Biological and social engineering do not work-and in fact, cause more harm than good. But I soon started to hear concerns about the direction of medicine. Nothing has changed in 30 years. Limits to Medicine put my unease into words. I rank this with Marx’s Communist Manifesto Reading this as a medical student it made the most perfect lucid sense.


Illich does not get the credit he deserves for being one of the first to shed light on this area. Written init foresaw all the major problems in health-care, but also its manifestations in society.

When I signed up to do medicine at University, being a doctor seemed an entirely progressive and benevolent enterprise. Apr 03, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. At the time, the early nineties, he has a pronounced tumor on his neck for which, I was told, he had received no treatment.

Here are some of the issues that I think I understood. I am glad you think that psychiatrists are fully aware of the risks and benefits of antipsychotics, and discuss these with their patients. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It shatters not only my belief in medicine as a clinical phenomenon, but also as social and cultural phenomena. Illich was a visionary in a proper sense, a man who dared to question some of our deepest-held beliefs, and to imagine a radically different way of living.

Unfortunately, and somewhat surprisingly, I find Foucault, the Frenchman, easier to grasp. Notify me of new comments via email. There is a whole lot of bullshit one must sort through to find a nugget of truth in these writings. Jun 15, Sophie rated it it was ok Shelves: The Expropriation of Health by Ivan Illich.