The Medicalization of Society

by Peter Conrad (Author)

Editorial Reviews


"An accessible yet nuanced introduction to a fascinating and important topic.
Readers do not need any background in medicine or academic sociology to
appreciate Conrad's inquiry, and the experience of living in the 21st century
United States is enough to understand what he's talking about." -- Benjamin J.
Lovett, Metapsychology

"Conrad's fine work investigates and illuminates this baleful phenomenon." -- A.
Mark Clarfield, MD, FRCPC, JAMA

"This is an enjoyable and thought-provoking book." -- H. Russell Searight,

"The text is useful, especially for medical students... Recommended." -- Choice


"From masculinity to underperformance, from the surge in psychotropic drugs for
children to the rise of adult ADHD and more, Peter Conrad takes readers on a
welcome and necessary tour of the spread of medicalization. His cogent analysis
of changing objects of knowledge and transformed identity is an essential guide
to shifting ideas about normal and pathological, health and disease." -- Sharon
Kaufman, University of California, San Francisco

"A lucid overview of a complex field that astutely recounts and analyzes the
latest twists and turns in the long saga of our love/hate relationship with the
health professions, the pharmaceutical industry, and the corporate organization
of health care. I prescribe this book for anyone who has ever seen a doctor or
popped a pill." -- Steven Epstein, author of Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and
the Politics of Knowledge

"Peter Conrad is one of the leading scholars of medicalization today. He mines a
deep, rich vein of modern American society; his efforts yield pure sociological
gold. This engaging and comprehensive book will endure not only as the
intellectual foundation on which future generations of sociologists will build
but also as a shining exemplar of lucid theory and the highest sociological
craft." -- Elizabeth Armstrong, Princeton University

"No one in America brings more insight to the thorny issue of medicalization
than Peter Conrad. The Medicalization of Society is a deeply impressive
summation of more than thirty years of work." -- Carl Elliott, University of
Minnesota, author of Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream

Product Details

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (April 20, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080188585X



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