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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That’s not something the corporate state wants us to think about. I registered a book at BookCrossing. So, all the more reason I urge everyone to read this; it would be nice to have the whole story, rather than just parroting the fashions our bloggers and talking heads care about this minute. Books by Ivan Illich.

Limits to Medicine–Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health

Quotes from Limits to Medicin He was trained as a medieval historian and philosopher, and taught the history of friendship and the history of the art of suffering. It rather healfh one as opposed to inspires. Summary In this book, Ivan Illich offers a harsh critique of health care as provided in western industrialized societies during the s. I don’t think anyone needs to, or liimts, 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.

Would liked to have spent time with Illich in Mexico. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

These need to be nourished, educated and developed once more, so we can move into a mdeicine of less reliance on experts and professionals who cannot know what is best for us when times get tough, but only in an unsustainable situation of perpetual economic growth and expansion.


Before the social movements and transformations produced standardized health care, people of various cultures coped and adjusted in their own ways to the suffering they experienced. It shatters not only my belief in medicine as a clinical phenomenon, but also as social and cultural phenomena.

Limits to medicine. Medical nemesis: the expropriation of health

There are a few dry, statistics-heavy sections in the book. We’ve created a cotton wool society where no one trusts their innate ability to regulate their own health.

Health embraces the future as well, and therefore includes anguish and the inner resources to live with it”.

More is not better, but harmful in this case. This was a big exropriation to getting through this book.

Limits to medicine. Medical nemesis: the expropriation of health

As a society we think we’re all so clever and that we’re living in post-industrial, post-modern times but really we haven’t grown up much at all. Mar 21, Tara rated it really liked it Shelves: Medial, he did not write this book as a health care expert. Healthy people need minimal bureaucratic interference to mate, give birth, share the human condition, and die. In this book he challenges the deepest assumptions behind capitalist 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.

So for the health care system, the focus on industrial output of new treatment creates a dependence on hospitals and medicines and insurance that prevent citizens from understanding their own power for self-care, so that in the end we end up dumping ever more resources into a system that in fact is now harming, rather than helping, health.


It is not the resilt of instinct, but of an autonomous yet culturally shaped reaction to socially created reality. The Expropriation of Health by Ivan Illich.

Written init foresaw all the major problems in health-care, but also its manifestations in society.

Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health

Sialnya, kita orang “Jangan pernah percaya dokter di era modern! But we yet also do still see ourselves heavily burdened with overgrown welfare states, and dangerously low birth rates.

Healthy Food for thought: I rank this with Marx’s Communist Manifesto but twice as powerful and very well researched. The persistent relevance of the book is all the more impressive given the loads of books published on a mediicne basis about health care in western societies.

It consists in making not only individuals but whole populations survive on inhumanly low levels of personal health.

Want to Read saving…. Commentary When your annotator first encountered this book in he was skeptical that it could be relevant at the time having been first published in