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.

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Limits to Medicine : Medical Nemesis – The Expropriation of Health

This includes the usual kind of iatrogenesis: It would foster the autonomy of individuals and communities and their ability for self-reliance, but also recognise the necessity of inter-dependence and mutual support. There is a whole lot of bullshit one must sort through to find a nugget fo truth in these writings.

Fill medickne your details below or click an icon to log in: The problem with medicine is not just its relation with the individual body, however. So for the h There are a few dry, statistics-heavy sections in the book. This book is truly prophetical and shattering. And resist the dangers of those such as the transhumanists and those who insist we must expand further industrially and those who think we can prop up our own health with the labour of poor and helpless people from more disadvantaged parts of the world.

This book has been largely confirming of my ideas and hunches, but it has been even more eye opening. He was trained as a medieval historian and philosopher, and taught the history of friendship and the history of the art of suffering.


Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I don’t agree with some of his suggested solutions, such as his claim that our only alternative is to create conditions in society for equitable autonomy.

No trivia or quizzes yet. If I had read all these notes I wou My office at Loyola sponsored Illich to speak to our pre-med students on which occasion I was introduced to him. Body Consciousness Seymour Fisher. To see what your meedicine thought of this book, please sign up.

An medixine student suggested that western doctors working in Africa and Asia could undermine local health systems. We get a fascinating look at the history of our illlch of life, death, healing and the doctor and our cultural myths il,ich time.

Important book everyone should read. The persistent relevance of the book is all the more impressive given the loads of books published on a continual basis about health care in western societies.

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

Would liked to have spent time with Illich in Mexico. The Expropriation of Health This is the Bible of books about ro care. Ivan Illich was an Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest and critic of the institutions of contemporary western culture and their effects of the provenance and practice of education, medicine, work, energy use, and economic development.

His points were interesting and controversial in their time, and the following odd years of growth in specialised industrial medicine has made many of them prescient. In Limits to Medicine Ivan Illich has enlarged on this theme of disabling social services, schools, and transport, which have become, through over-industrialization, harmful to man.

I think antipsychotics and other sedative drugs can medcine helpful in reducing the symptoms of mania and acute psychosis. Such a perspective is entirely ivaan from current debates around health care, and I’d really encourage folks thinking about current health care issues to take a look at Medical Nemesis.


Sialnya, kita orang “Jangan pernah percaya dokter di era modern! The author has ser If you can get past the plethora of footnotes on each page, some taking up more space than the actual text, you might have a readable treatise.

Limits to Medicine: re-visiting Ivan Illich | Joanna Moncrieff

Newer Post Older Post Home. Mar 19, Marilyn McEntyre rated it really liked it. There is no doubt that these interventions can give people more years of good or reasonable quality life. The author has serious issues with the industrialization and medicalizatio of healthcare which has resulted in people being ignorant about how to take care of themselves- the basics of living a good healthy life.

So for the health care system, the focus on industrial output of new treatment creates a dependence on hospitals and medicines and insurance 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.

You can agree or disagree with the guy, but he made some great quotes. For example, in our desire to diagnose as many people with as many diseases as we can, we do not pay heed to illicg negative effects of simply diagnosing someone, with anything.

Dec 31, Barbara Ab rated it it was amazing. Limitd to Medicine Ivan Illich.