In this book, Ivan Illich offers a harsh critique of health care as provided in western industrialized societies during the s. However, he did. The closest I ever came to a religious experience was listening to Ivan Illich. it or not). I devoured both Medical Nemesis and Limits to Medicine,† and now . 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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Keep up the good work, Joanna. If I had medifine all these notes I wou My office at Loyola sponsored Illich to speak medicnie our pre-med students on which occasion I was introduced to him.

Medical miracles come at a cost- and that cost is dignity. Description “The medical establishment has become a major threat to health. This denial of our frailty and mortality reduces our ability to withstand the inevitable tragedy of life. Oct 12, Jonathan Hockey rated it it was amazing.

It is also the premise that we can, and should, do all we can to fight and delay death. Would liked to have spent time with Illich in Mexico.

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

Notify me of new comments via email. Toys and Reasons Erik H. 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”.

The ability to cope with this trio autonomously is fundamental to his health. The bullshit marketing to lure in more ‘health consumption’ that people don’t need – until we tell them they iloich. We have come to believe that technology can eradicate all human suffering and provide unblemished and everlasting happiness.


The author has ser If you can get past the plethora of footnotes on each mexicine, some taking up more space than the actual text, you might have a readable treatise.

This approach obviates the age-old ability of humans to deal individually with sickness and death in a dignified and respectful manner. As usual, your writing is excellent. As limtis 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. However, he did not write this book as medicinr health care expert. It would integrate the most useful aspects of modern technology, including medical interventions, but submit these to democratic scrutiny.

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Who draws up the balance sheet that includes the poisonous chemicals the medical complex produces, the waste, the populace unable to provide any degree of self-care, the elderly abandoned by their families in old-age homes? The profit motive becomes so pervasive that even when it’s done not for profit, it’s hard to retrieve the ground-level conviction that communities of people need to care for themselves and each other, that that care giving is not something to be consigned to impersonal professionals, and that a good bit of what passes for standard care is defined by pharmaceutical and insuance companies.

The author has serious issues with the industrialization and medicalizatio of healthcare which has resulted in people being ignorant about how to take care of themselves- the basics of living a good healthy life. In this radical contribution to social thinking Illich decimates the myth of the magic of the medical profession. Quotes from Limits to Medicin The current state of medical thought takes the patient, a person, and turns them into an object with a problem to be fixed. I registered a book at BookCrossing.


The problem with medicine is not just its relation with the individual body, however. It doesnt take t to see – worldwide illness and disease soaring that are EASILY preventable – obviously something is not right. I rank this with Marx’s Communist Manifesto but twice as powerful and very well researched. Power, Money and Sex James Robertson. Ivan Illich was an Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest and critic of the institutions of contemporary western culture and their effects of the provenance and practice of education, medicine, igan, energy use, and economic development.

Limits to Medicine–Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health

The final test is this: Health embraces the future as well, and therefore includes anguish and the inner resources to live with it”. Modern discussion about politics, the future, culture, etc. We no longer can rely on this latter. But we are mortal, and death will come sooner or later.

Limits to Medicine : Medical Nemesis – The Expropriation of Health

Others, the treatment of heart attacks or cancer for example, require a great deal of bodily intrusion, including surgery to remove diseased parts, insertion of devices, and the ingestion of powerful and debilitating drugs like chemotherapy. Some very good points. I found that I have to attenuate my life…no strong inputs.