Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills: Pharmaceutical Companies and the Medicalisation of Normal Life

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This is a highly accessible and reassuring account of how the pharmaceutical industry is redefining health, making it a state that is almost impossible to achieve. Many normal life processes – states as natural as birth, ageing, sexuality, unhappiness and death – are systematically being reinterpreted as pathological so creating new markets for their treatments. In this enlightening book, Jörg Blech reveals:

  • how the invention of diseases by pharmaceutical companies is turning us all into patients, and how we can protect ourselves against this
  • how the medical profession has been bullied and co-opted into endorsing profitable cures for people who aren't ill
  • fears about how pharmaceutical companies create markets by playing on the general public's concern with their health.

A self-help book in the truest sense, Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills reassures us about our own health. It is essential reading for doctors, nurses and patients alike.

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Jorg Blech studied biology and biochemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany and the University of Sussex, UK.  He was then trained as a journalist and was awarded internships in Paris, Washington DC and Bangkok.  He is the science correspondent for the magazine Der Spiegel and lives with his family in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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'Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills is a timely and robust challenge to the medicalisation of life and the transformation of health into disease.' - Michael Fitzpatrick, Barton House Health Centre

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