Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills: Pharmaceutical Companies and the Medicalisation of Normal Life

Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills: Pharmaceutical Companies and the Medicalisation of Normal Life

by Jorg Blech
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415390699

ISBN-13: 9780415390699

Pub. Date: 08/02/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This is a highly accessible and reassuring account of how the pharmaceutical industry is redefining health, making it a state that is almost impossible to achieve. Many normal life processes - states as natural as birth, ageing, sexuality, unhappiness and death - are systematically being reinterpreted as pathological so creating new markets for their treatments. In

Overview

This is a highly accessible and reassuring account of how the pharmaceutical industry is redefining health, making it a state that is almost impossible to achieve. Many normal life processes - states as natural as birth, ageing, sexuality, unhappiness and death - are systematically being reinterpreted as pathological so creating new markets for their treatments. In this enlightening book, J rg Blech reveals: how the invention of diseases by pharmaceutical companies is turning us all into patients, and how we can protect ourselves against this how the medical profession has been bullied and co-opted into endorsing profitable cures for people who aren't ill fears about how pharmaceutical companies create markets by playing on the general public's concern with their health. A self-help book in the truest sense, Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills reassures us about our own health. It is essential reading for doctors, nurses and patients alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415390699
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/02/2006
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Limitless Healing 2. Myths of Medicine 3. A Disease called Diagnosis 4. The Risk Factor Merry-go-Round 5. Insanity as the Norm 6. Psycho Pill with Break-Time Snack 7. The Femininity Syndrome 8. Old Men, New Afflictions 9. Whenever You Want It 10. Destiny in our Genes 11. Healthy Beyond Belief. Twelve Questions to Diagnose. Invented Diseases and Dubious Treatments. Notes. Internet Addresses. Acknowledgments

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