Pridmore, S and Garcia, J, Medicalisation by non-medical personnel in English literature, Australasian Psychiatry, 22, (5) pp. 454-457. ISSN 1039-8562 (2014) [Refereed Article]
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Objective: To determine whether English literature contains depictions of medicalisation by non-medical people.
Method: English literature was examined by us and skilled readers.
Results: We identified four examples: two from Macbeth and two from Vanity Fair. Not only were non-medical people the instigators, but in each publication there is one example of the advice of a medical professional (whom denied the existence of a medical problem) opinion being rejected.
Conclusions: Evidence from the work of respected authors indicates that medicalisation was practiced long before it was described in the 1970s, that it may be instigated by non-medical people, and that it may continue after medical professionals deny the existence of medical problems.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||English literature, medicalisation, non-medical problems, novels, plays, sociology, terminology, word origins, word usage|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Clinical Sciences|
|Research Field:||Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Group:||Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)|
|Objective Field:||Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)|
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