respiratory infections, which appears to have led to a decline in medicalconsultation for these conditions.These examples suggest that the extent and form of medicalisation ofspecific kinds of deviance or life experience, and the degree to which anyprocess of medicalisation is sustained over time, varies according to the socialor cultural authority and the level of mobilisation of those making (orresisting) claims, and the perceived efficacy of any medical intervention.Moreover, it is also possible that, by the end of the 20th century, there wasnew potential for demedicalisation arising from wider social changes, andfrom the very process of medicalisation that appeared to be so pervasive threedecades earlier. In the next section, we consider this possibility.THE SOCIETAL CONTEXT AND THE CHANGING POTENTIAL FORMEDICALISATIONAs illustrated above, much of the medicalisation literature has focused on theroles that the medical profession and, latterly, the lay population have playedin bringing about the medicalisation of specific aspects of everyday life.
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