Medicalization as a Moral Problem for Preventive Medicine
Author: Verweij M.
Source: Bioethics, Volume 13, Number 2, April 1999 , pp. 89-113(25)
Abstract:Preventive medicine is sometimes criticised as it contributes to medicalization of normal life. The concept medicalization has been introduced by Zola to refer to processes in which the labels healthy and ill are made relevant for more and more aspects of human life. If preventive medicine contributes to medicalization, would that be morally problematic? My thesis is that such a contribution is indeed morally problematic. The concept is sometimes used to express moral intuitions regarding the practice of prevention and health promotion. Through analysis of these intuitions as well as some other moral concerns, I give an explication of the moral problems of medicalization within the context of preventive medicine.
Document Type: Original article
Publication date: 1999-04-01