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To medicalise or over-medicalise

Gabrielle Lis

What’s the difference, and why does it matter in workers’ compensation?

In The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders, Peter Conrad wrote that medicalisation occurs when a problem “is defined in medical terms, described using medical language, understood through the adoption of a medical framework, or ‘treated’ with medical intervention”.  It’s not always a bad thing. Take the case of a relative of mine, who for years ins...

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