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The medicalization of society : on the transformation of human conditions into treatable disorders

Author: Peter Conrad
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
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Over the past half-century, the social terrain of health and illness has been transformed. What were once considered normal human events and common human problems -- birth, aging, menopause, alcoholism, and obesity -- are now viewed as medical conditions. For better or worse, medicine increasingly permeates aspects of daily life. Building on more than three decades of research, Peter Conrad explores the changing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Conrad, Peter, 1945-
Medicalization of society.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)604467815
Online version:
Conrad, Peter, 1945-
Medicalization of society.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608385131
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Conrad
ISBN: 9780801885846 0801885841 9780801885853 080188585X
OCLC Number: 72774268
Description: xiv, 204 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Medicalization : context, characteristics, and changes --
Extension : men and the medicalization of andropause, baldness, and erectile dysfunction --
Expansion : from hyperactive children to adult ADHD --
Enhancement : human growth hormone and the temptations of biomedical enhancement --
Continuity : homosexuality and the potential for remedicalization --
Measuring medicalization : categories, numbers, and treatment --
The shifting engines of medicalization --
Medicalization and its discontents.
Responsibility: Peter Conrad.
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