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Limits to medicine. Medical nemesis: the expropriation of health Articles from Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health are provided here courtesy of. PDF | An abbreviated version of this review has been published in the BMJ *. The closest I ever came to a religious experience was listening to Ivan Illich. Buy Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis – The Expropriation of Health (Open Forum S.) New edition by Ivan Illich (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book.

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Mark rated it it was amazing Apr 18, As much as this would be a nice thing, I don’t see it as realistic in the light of human nature that tends to prefer hierarchies to equity. At the time, the early nineties, he has a pronounced tumor on his neck for which, I was told, he had received no treatment.

Setelah ‘Matinya Gender’ dan ‘Deschooling Society’, saya terus mencari karya Illich yang lain, dan tak menyangka akan menemukan satu lagi buku bagus yang menjelaskan pada saya bagaimana sejatinya unsur-unsur di dunia serba modern ini berjalan. The medical field obviously does have its problems, but I think Illich is a little biased.

Illich said virtually everything about today’s health care “crisis.

We get a fascinating look at the history of our concept of life, death, healing and the doctor and our cultural myths through time.

Illich deserves to be read by every generation as he remains relevant. I recall Susan Sontag criticised him for personal hypocrisy, having accepted advanced medicine facing cancer, but, well, what would you do!? There is so much in this book that gets right to the heart of the problem we face. Ilych can easily be dismissed as a radical, a curmudgeon, or a blowhard by people who don’t want to hear his sharp and penetrating critiques of two core social institutions–medicine and education.

We buy our health like our food – fast, fake and unfulfilling. Healthy people are those who live in healthy homes on a healthy diet in an environment equally fit for birth, growth, work, healing, and dying; they are sustained by a culture that enhances the conscious acceptance of limits to population of aging, of incomplete recovery and ever-imminent death.

Illich does not get the credit he deserves for being one of the first to shed light on this area. That health should decline with increasing health service delivery is unforeseen only by the health managers, precisely because their strategies are the result of their blindness to the inalienability of life.


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.

I registered a book at BookCrossing. 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.

The Expropriation of Health by Ivan Illich. Something we have certainly learned in ho last years. It really needs drastic change, but we need more people to educate themselves and take back responsibility over their own health.

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

Jun 10, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: It is not the resilt of instinct, but of an autonomous yet culturally shaped reaction to socially created reality. In expropriatjon setting we function a million times more efficiently because we have natural capabilities in our brain for sensing illness and problems in our lives.

However, he did not write this book as a health care expert. As he becomes dependent on the management of his intimacy, he renounces his autonomy and his health must decline. It rather disillusions one as opposed to hdalth. Health embraces the future as well, and therefore includes anguish and the inner resources to live with it”.

Limits to medicine. Medical nemesis: the expropriation of health

Oct 08, Megan rated it really liked it Shelves: We’ve nrmesis a cotton wool society where no one trusts their innate ability to regulate their own health. How helath is cured versus how much is caused? His term for this is “specific counterproductivity,” and he presents a solid argument for how this does exist in our current health care system, and for how problematic it is.

Studies in the mids showing that clinical interventions rank near the top among causes of death confirms that clinical iatrogenesis remains an important determinant of health care outcomes.

The medical system has failed, is economically unsustainable, and it mostly serves to promote sickness. So we must get back to reclaiming our birthright to have autonomy over our own vital life processes. Unfortunately, and somewhat surprisingly, I find Foucault, the Frenchman, easier to grasp. Dec 21, Martino rated it really liked it.


This appro A scathing indictment of modern medicine. He begins his book with this sentence: 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. To ask other readers questions about Limits to Medicineplease sign up. I don’t think anyone needs to, or should, agree with every single statement in this book to realize that it’s a perspective desperately, badly missing at the table of our current debates.

This is one of the most concise and clear books I have read illustrating the dangers and pitfalls of our industrial model of life in secular societies and our unhealthy dependence on centralised state systems. Sialnya, kita orang awan yang jadi pasien, hanya bisa pasrah karena legitimasi dokter dan aparatur medis lain seperti pedagang obat begitu kuat. Sep 20, Nefize is currently reading it. Buku ini memberi kesadaran juga bagi saya, bahwa sebagai manusia yang punya akal agar tak terlena dengan abad ini.

Would liked to have spent time with Illich in Mexico.

Limits to medicine. Medical nemesis: the expropriation of health

Illich is the counterbalance we need if we’re to remember what words mean, what we want to be working towards, the kind of world we’d like to live in, and what makes up a good life. 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. This book is truly prophetical and shattering. We or our health growing better without the medicine institutes contribution.

I found this a difficult read but a good introduction both to iatrogenic disease itself and broader questions of the creation of industrial intradependence and what he terms “specific counter-productivity”.

Mar 19, Marilyn McEntyre rated it really liked it.