Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health (1975)

From the Introduction: full notes at:Medical Nemesis Illich Ivan Illich, 1926-2002 ( Introduction: The medical establishment has become a major threat to health.  The disabling impact of professional control over medicine has reached the proportions of an epidemic. Thoughtful public discussion of the iatrogenic [“physician caused”, iatros=physician & genus=birth] pandemic, beginning with an insistence upon demystification of all medical matters, will not be dangerous to the commonweal.  Indeed, what is dangerous is a passive public that has come to rely on superficial medical housecleaning. My argument is that the layman, not the physician, has the potential perspective and effective power to stop the current iatrogenic pandemic. During the last generations … Continue reading

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