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Description: Limits to Medicine : Paperback : Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd : 9780714529936 : 0714529931 : 10 Dec 2001 : The medical establishment has become a major threat to health, says Ivan Illich. He outlines the causes of iatrogenic diseases. The Book Depository Limits to Medicine by Ivan Illich - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: crliege

Rating: 5

Review: To start with, I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who, like me doesn't trust the medical fraternity in general, and anything much that a doctor's got to say in particular. why is for another day; suffice to say that, although the prose comes from the 1970s and is, as a result, a little starchy, my best friend Ivan really sticks the knife in and keep on shoving. Wonderful stuff; I sent a copy to a friend who is a nurse, and got the point almost immediately. I picked up my copy from a copy of Fortean Times from a couple of years ago; most of their reviews are straight and to the point, so much so that I've bought books that they say are not worth toilet paper, just so as I can undeerstand the cringe of it. Nothing like this here and, which is a comfort from somebody who is clearly writing for the North American audience, a lot of the studies he quote were based in the UK. Sadly, for the health service, and those who have to suffer at its hands, most of what he says about the UK is still painfully true. Definitely one of my favourite books not because it says everything I don't know, but puts it all so very, very well. I'd put it on a class with another of my favourites, Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" for the same reasons; you didn't necessarily have to be a believer on either the god side or Dawkins', it was all so well-argued. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to query the status quo where medicine is concerned and the bad that doctors do in particular. That's not to say doctors are necessarily bad people, although I've met a bunch who are pretty dreadful, it's just that they seem to believe, or have been trained to believe, that they've got a grip on everything related to sickness and treatment, when, truth be know the addage from the 17th century still pertain: visiting a doctor is more likely to be the death of you, rather than be good for your health.

 

Author: mj

Rating: 1

Review: The printed text on the inside pages is very dark and poor quality. It looks like a bad photocopy or as if someone has taken a photo of the original page to use it to print by. It lacks clarity and sharpness. Although the photo on the Amazon page shows a grey cover, mine arrived with a green and blue one.

 

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