2_Selling Sickness - Moynihan (1)

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disabling impact of a powerful medical establishment. Contemporary writers argue that the lay populace has become more active, better informed about risks and benefits, less trusting of medical authority, and less pas- sively accepting of the expansion of medical jurisdic- tion into their bodies and lives. Although these views may herald a more mature debate about medicalisa- tion, the erosion of trust in medical opinion reinforces the need for wide public scrutiny of industry’s role in these processes. In this paper we do not aim for a comprehensive classification or definitive description of disease mongering, but rather we draw attention to an impor- tant but under-recognised phenomenon. We identify examples, taken from the Australian context but famil- iar internationally, which loosely represent five examples of disease mongering: the ordinary proc- esses or ailments of life classified as medical problems; mild symptoms portrayed as portents of a serious dis- ease; personal or social problems seen as medical ones; risks conceptualised as diseases; and disease preva- lence estimates framed to maximise the size of a medi- cal problem. These groups are not mutually exclusive and some examples overlap. Ordinary processes or ailments as
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This note was uploaded on 10/10/2010 for the course ENG 000121 taught by Professor Mcgrand during the Spring '10 term at Cornell.

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