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Ivan Illich – Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health

Limits to Medicine, also known as Medical Nemesis, is a book by Ivan Illich, first published in 1975. Without defining what medicalisation is, Illich claimed that medicine had increasingly gained social control over people’s lives, leading to iatrogenic effects, with physicians as the key players in the process.

Ivan Illich gives a lecture to mark the launch of his book Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health in which he continues his critique of the medical profession and the ‘delusions’ of importance that exist in Western culture regarding that profession. Illich contrasts personal responsibility with individual impotence and questions the corporate indoctrination that reorganizes society within such excesses of professionalization.NB: Background noise occasionally makes Illich inaudible. Occasional sound and image breaks up are particularly bad towards end. After 120 mins tape cuts out in midspeech during extensive Q & A session.

 

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