While Medical Nemesis is decades old,
the book deserves to find its way back into libraries and common readership.
That said, it is not an easy read.
Illich was widely read, very knowledgeable,
and his writing was meant for thoughtful, attentive readers rather than the general public.
Ivan Illich’s basic premise is the modern medicine has become a Nemesis.
It produces illness and disease (iatrogenesis) in three particular ways:
clinical, social, and cultural. Nemesis (in ancient Greek thinking) was the inevitable punishment
for attempts to be a hero rather than a human being.
2. The Medicalization of Life
Political Transmission of Iatrogemc Disease
–– Social latrogenesis
–– Medical Monopoly
–– Value-Free Cure?
The Medicalization of the Budget
The Pharmaceutical Invasion