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
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009



  • Bioethics
  • Medicalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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Can medicalization be good? Situating medicalization within bioethics. / Sadler, John Z.; Jotterand, Fabrice; Lee, Simon Craddock; Inrig, Stephen.

In: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Vol. 30, No. 6, 12.2009, p. 411-425.

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