Can medicalization be good? Situating medicalization within bioethics

John Z. Sadler, Fabrice Jotterand, Simon Craddock Lee, Stephen Inrig

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Medicalization has been a process articulated primarily by social scientists, historians, and cultural critics. Comparatively little is written about the role of bioethics in appraising medicalization as a social process. The authors consider what medicalization means, its definition, functions, and criteria for assessment. A series of brief case sketches illustrate how bioethics can contribute to the analysis and public policy discussion of medicalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-425
Number of pages15
JournalTheoretical Medicine and Bioethics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009


  • Bioethics
  • Medicalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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