Can Medicalization Be Good? Situating Medicalization Within Bioethics
Sadler, John Z.
Lee, Simon Craddock
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2009; 30(6): 411-425
Medicalization has been a process articulated primarily by social scientists, historians, and cultural critics. Comparatively little is written about the role of bioethics in appraising medicalization as a social process. The authors consider what medicalization means, its definition, functions, and criteria for assessment. A series of brief case sketches illustrate how bioethics can contribute to the analysis and public policy discussion of medicalization.
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