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Medicalisation by non-medical personnel in English literature


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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DOI: doi:10.1177/1039856214545554


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:English literature, medicalisation, non-medical problems, novels, plays, sociology, terminology, word origins, word usage
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Clinical sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:96112
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-10-20
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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