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Medicalization: An Encroachment on Consent, Culture, and Society

Title: Medicalization
Subtitle: An Encroachment on Consent, Culture, and Society
Subject Classification: Bioethics, Law and Legal Ethics, Healthcare, Politics and Government
BIC Classification: PSAD, MBDC, LNTM
BISAC Classification: LAW093000, MED050000, SOC057000
Binding: Hardback, ebook, pp.250
Publication date: 9th April 2024
ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-80441-197-1
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-80441-198-8


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This book examines the phenomenon of medicalization and the increasingly large, invasive, and coercive role of medicine in society. Medicine today impinges territory formerly left to families, parents, society, and social and economic policy. Expanding disease definitions and allowing ever-milder conditions to qualify for medicine, ‘disease creep’ influences public policy and social behavior. Medicalization redirects those experiencing stress, sadness, or distraction to medicine, and impacts how society defines health and wellness. Medicalization impacts diet, lifestyle, education, and mental and physical health and wellness. From cosmetic surgery to drugs, convincing the population of its inherent sickness is big business. Zimmerman focuses on informed consent and the idea of simply ‘going along’ with medicine.

Written in a clear and accessible style, Medicalization is a valuable addition to the literature on bioethics, law, health policy, social sciences, and political studies.


Author: Anne S. Zimmerman is an attorney with a JD from Fordham University School of Law and an MS in bioethics from Columbia University in New York, USA. She is the founder of modernbioethics.com, the Editor-in-Chief of Voices in Bioethics, Columbia University’s bioethics journal, Chair of the New York City Bar Association Bioethical Issues Committee, and Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Innovative Bioethics Forum.

Medicalization is her second book with Ethics International Press. Her previous book, Medicine, Power, and the Law: Exploring a Pipeline to Injustice explores the relationships between medicine, science, and technology, and the criminal and civil justice systems.


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