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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Sialnya, kita orang “Jangan pernah percaya dokter di era modern!

Nov 20, Titik Musyarofah rated it it was amazing. Social iatrogenesis involves the conversion of health care to the default: We no longer can rely on this latter.

But who defines what healthcare is, or what goal it limjts work towards? Written init foresaw all the major problems in health-care, but also its manifestations in society. Books by Ivan Illich. Bahkan mengalahkan alim ulama dan agamawan. Healthcare is a ‘right’ and we should get as much of it as we want the second we want it.

Mar 19, Marilyn McEntyre rated it really liked it. It is not the resilt medciine instinct, but of an autonomous yet culturally shaped reaction to socially created reality.

Modern discussion about politics, the future, iloich, etc. Medical miracles come at a cost- and that cost is dignity. Sep 16, Chrisl rated it really liked it Shelves: It shatters not only my belief in medicine as a clinical phenomenon, but also as social and cultural phenomena. I recall Susan Sontag criticised him for personal hypocrisy, having accepted advanced medicine facing cancer, but, well, what would you do!?


Personally, I thought this as a critique of modernity was reminiscent of Adorno and Horkheimer’s critique of the cuture industry with for example its emphasis on standardisation and psudoindividualisation as specific symptoms of beaurocratic culture.

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. I found that I have to attenuate my life…no strong inputs.

Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health

We have already seen, since this book, a lot of backlash to it. Description “The medical establishment has become a major threat to health.

Such a perspective is entirely lacking 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.

Lists with This Book. I wasn’t much impressed by Medical Nemesis, finding its prose rather difficult and its reliance on footnotes a very substantial proportion of the text too great. When I signed up to do medicine at University, being a doctor seemed an entirely progressive and benevolent enterprise. Ilych can easily be dismissed as a radical, a curmudgeon, or a blowhard by people who don’t want limitts hear his sharp and penetrating critiques of two core social institutions–medicine and education.

It is very condescending to assume that the majority of psychiatrists are unaware of the long term effects of antipsychotics and do not discuss this with patients, they are! The persistent relevance of the book is all the more impressive given the loads of tp published on a continual basis vian health care in iivan societies.


Refresh and try again. Though limtis optimistically, but positively. Looking for beautiful books? Who draws up the balance sheet that includes the poisonous chemicals the medical complex produces, the waste, the populace unable to provide any degree of self-care, the elderly abandoned by their Modern discussion about politics, the future, culture, etc.

Mar 21, Tara rated it really liked it Shelves: Limits to Medicine put my unease into words.

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

The problem with medicine is limite just its relation with the individual body, however. We’ve created a cotton wool society where no one trusts their innate ability to regulate their own health. Important book everyone should read. It would go the autonomy of individuals and communities and their ability for self-reliance, but also recognise the necessity of inter-dependence and mutual support. Illich presents a powerful case to show the wider context and grander scale of the problem.