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What Is Iatrogenesis? 

Ivan Illich – MEDICAL NEMESIS: The Expropriation of HEALTH. Published in 1975, this is an important book for students of sociology, especially Medical Sociology.

“The medical establishment has become a major threat to health” This is the opening sentence and theme of Ivan Illich’s fifth book, his most radical and uncompromising contribution to social thinking. Here he decimates the myth of the magic of contemporary medicine and examines the rituals conducted by the medical profession and its adjuncts. He employs for his main analytical tool a term so far only reserved for use in specialized medical journals and explores its implications to the full: IATROGENISIS, meaning doctor-made illness.  This is defined as ”comprising only illness which would not have come about UNLESS sound and professionally recommended treatment had been applied”. Relentlessly and with full documentation taken from recognised medical sources he proves the impotence of medical services to change lie expectancy, the insignificance of most contemporary clinical care in curing disease, the magnitude of medically-inflicted damage to health, and the futility of medical and political countermeasures to sick-making medical care.

Illich’s deeply shocking analysis into clinical, social and structural IATROGENISIS examines culture, health, sickness, pain and suffering and includes an historical examination of the concept and image of death. In the final chapter, Illich points out an alternative. By recognising and insisting on the essential ingredients of personal health, man can recover his integrity over his body and life

Medication-suicide link remains touchy subject  U.S. public health officials, psychiatrists, grieving parents, outraged former patients and others are addressing the most bitterly divisive question in psychiatry: Do the drugs that doctors prescribe to relieve depression make some people more likely to commit suicide? The Food and Drug Administration decided to convene a government panel for the first time since 2004 to consider the question

Unneeded cure spreads a deadly killer  In Eastern Europe and Asia, the AIDS epidemic is widening on unnecessary blood transfusions.

Foster mother inflicted 20 years of sadistic abuse on three children.  Authorities admit mistakes were made after guilty verdicts over two  girls and boy treated as slaves.

Hospital blamed for man’s death. A hospital has been condemned for ignoring safety guidance which led to a man dying from Legionnaires’ disease caught from a dirty shower head.  Daryl Eyles, 37, had just been given the all-clear from doctors treating him for leukaemia when he took a shower at Bath’s Royal United Hospital (RUH).

Hospital Worker With TB May Have Exposed 500 Patients  An employee at a Bronx hospital has tuberculosis and may have exposed hundreds of patients and co-workers, including more than 200 newborn babies, officials said.

“Prescription for Disaster”   A “must watch” 90 minute video asking why do drug companies and conventional medicine work so hard to fight against safer, effective alternatives that don’t involve needless drugs and procedures that are, more often than not, harmful and fatal? The flow of marketing cash filling the pockets of your doctor and hospital to prescribe these chemical potions might end, for starters …

Russian elderly die in home fire  At least 63 are killed when a fire breaks out at night in an old people’s home in southern Russia.

Accidental Deaths Due to Prescription Drugs on the Rise  According to the CDC, deaths resulting from prescription drugs have risen to become the second-largest cause of unintentional deaths in the United States. Such deaths increased by 61 percent in 1999, growing from 4.4 per 100,000 people in that year to 7.1 per 100,000 people in 2004.

Half of doctors ‘self-medicate’  The rules were tightened following the Shipman Inquiry when the full extent of serial killer GP Harold Shipman’s abuse became clear. Shipman was addicted to the painkiller pethidine and kept supplies for himself. According to the poll of nearly 1,000 medics, 57% of the self-prescriptions were for antibiotics, 36% for painkillers, 8% for cholesterol-lowering drugs, 5% for sleeping pills, 5% for anti-depressants and 2% for erection problems. Two GPs who responded admitted to self-prescribing controlled drugs – drugs like morphine and methadone that have strict rules governing supply and dosage.

Antidepressants Risky for Bipolar II?  “These patients need to be on mood-stabilizing drugs, and if depression persists an antidepressant can be added,” Benazzi says. “Treating these patients with antidepressants alone can actually increase the manic episodes and worsen the disorder.”

Autistic man’s care renews shocking debate  Bradley Bernstein’s parents say an electric cattle prod is the only thing that stops him from banging his head and violently punching his eyes, nearly blinding himself. The Illinois couple’s fight to continue shock treatment on their severely autistic 48-year-old son and the uproar over a Massachusetts school that uses similar treatment, have pulled back the curtain on this extreme form of behavior modification. Critics call it outmoded, barbaric and unethical.

Father dies of diabetic attack after changing medication  A diabetic slipped into a coma and died after doctors changed the medication he was using.

‘Cruel’ care home staff jailed  Three care home workers who encouraged residents to fight and racially abuse each other have been jailed for six months each.

Death Rate Higher in Heart Attack Patients Hospitalized on Weekends, Study Finds The study found a gap of almost 1 percentage point in heart attack death rates over one three-year span, 12.9 percent for weekend patients and 12 percent for weekday patients.

Seroxat also linked to suicide in adults

U.S regulators require stronger warning labels on some sleeping pills  Several prescription sleeping pills, including the top-sellers Ambien from Sanofi-Aventis and Lunestra from Sepracor, can cause unusual behavior like driving and eating while asleep, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday. The FDA ordered the manufacturers of those drugs and 11 other commonly used sleep medications to issue strong new label warnings about those risks, and to produce brochures about how to use the drugs safely.

Care home shuts after two arrests  Detectives are investigating seven deaths among residents at an elderly people’s home, which has been closed following the arrest of a nurse and a chef on suspicion of poisoning.

City lawyer awarded £1.43m over drugs error

Why Death Rates Decrease When Doctors Go On Strike

Doctors Are The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US, Causing 225,000 Deaths Every Year

Medicating Children: The Risks We are Taking Now when you go online to research a topic such as “bipolar children” you find yourself at websites that claim to be educational but are sponsored by drug companies — a slick new form of marketing guised as public service. Now schools have become major referrers of children into psychiatric care. Now many children in state care are being prescribed dozens of medications in a single year’s time. Unlike a problem such as lead poisoning, there are no tests that can be performed to show what level of serotonin or dopamine is the “right” level for a child, and what level is a toxic and damaging level. So we put it in the hands of doctors and we trust that they know what they are doing when they prescribe a stimulant, and then a sleep agent, and then a mood stabilizer, all for a three or four-year-old. Except, doctors don’t know what they are doing. They are guessing. They are experimenting. As Dr. Joseph Penn of Bradley Hospital points out, “there are almost no studies or published research on which to justify prescribing multiple medications for psychiatric disorders for children.”

Anemia Drug May Harm Some Patients, FDA Says

Medication Errors Are Studied   Young children are the most likely victims of surgery-related medication mistakes, a new study has found, and poor communication is the most likely culprit.Secret MMR fears Katie Stephen was a healthy baby girl when she was injected with the MMR triple vaccine. Ten days later she was vomiting, delirious and running a fever.That was in 1990. Seventeen years later, she is deaf in one ear.

Following the debate over MMR and its alleged link with autism, government documents just released under the Freedom of Information Act show there was another, earlier concern for which there was more evidence and, apparently, more immediate risk. Whitehall experts knew of it before MMR’s mass introduction into Britain, but the public was kept in ignorance.Katie’s symptoms were consistent with those of encephalitis, which can cause brain damage or even death. Her mother Wendy, a former psychiatric nurse, is convinced that the first variant of MMR used in Britain is responsible.

NHS sees light and saves couple from choosing who goes blind

Vital Signs: Disparities: Singling Out Minorities for Alcohol Counseling

3 Responses to “Iatrogenesis”

  1. we are always using stainless steel shower heads for our bathroom ,,

  2. Gel Fuel said

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