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Medicalisation by non-medical personnel in English literature
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.
Publication titleAustralasian Psychiatry
Department/SchoolTasmanian School of Medicine
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Rights statementCopyright 2014 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists