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The authoritarian dynamic in New Labour’s public health policy becomes increasingly apparent as we move from the discussion of aims and targets to the local ‘healthy settings’ in which the policy will be implemented and contract compliance enforced levitra soft 20mg with amex. In ‘healthy schools’, children will have their eating habits monitored to promote ‘healthy eating’ and be dragooned into physical exercise. Meanwhile in their ‘healthy workplaces’ their parents will be following the government’s list of precise instructions for ‘employees’. They can ‘play their part in following health and safety guidelines’, ‘work with employers to create a healthy working environment’, ‘support colleagues who have problems or who are disabled’ and ‘contribute to charitable and social work through work-based voluntary organisations’ (DoH February 1998:51). In my surgery I see two striking consequences of the ascendancy of the new public health. On the one hand, I meet the burgeoning numbers of the ‘worried well’, young people who would once have been considered healthy, but are now—with official encouragement —anxiously seeking ‘check-ups’ and advice about an ever widening range of diseases about which there is an ever increasing level of awareness. The facts that many of these diseases are rare, that screening tests are often not helpful and that preventive measures seldom have proven value makes no difference to the demand for advice, assessment or reassurance. On the other hand, I meet many older people with serious health problems caused by osteoarthritis of the hip, cataracts or coronary heart disease who are suffering (and sometimes dying) waiting months and years for surgical treatments. While resources are poured into projects that use health to enhance social control, real health needs—especially those of the elderly— are neglected. In the following chapters we will be looking more closely at different aspects of the medicalisation of society, including both the widening range of medical intervention and at its greater penetration into the personal life of the individual. This is a process with adverse consequences for the individual and for society. Despite the fact that more people enjoy better health, the intense awareness of health risks means that people feel more ill.

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In the course of the 1960s these issues came under discussion within the medical world—but had little wider impact order levitra soft 20 mg line. It was the social, economic and political turmoil that began in the late 1960s and continued through the next decade that led to a wider challenge to the medical profession (and to other established institutions and sources of authority). This opened up the discussion of the problems facing modern medicine to a wider audience and amplified the insecurities of the profession. The publication of The Mirage of Health by the American microbiologist Rene Dubos in 1960 marked the beginning of the end of the golden age of post-war medicine (though like many books which anticipate emerging trends, its significance was recognised much more in retrospect than at the time). Dubos, who had himself played a distinguished role in the development of antibiotics, acknowledged that one of the key principles of scientific medicine— the doctrine of specific aetiology, which held that every disease had a particular cause (a doctrine dramatically vindicated by the germ theory of infectious disease) which could, at least potentially be treated—was reaching the limits of its usefulness. Though the methods of scientific medicine had proved effective in dealing with some infectious diseases, ‘despite frantic efforts, the causes of cancer, of arteriosclerosis, of mental disorders, and of the great medical problems of our time remain undiscovered’. While many still believed that solutions could be found ‘by bringing the big guns of science to bear on the problems’, Dubos argued that the ‘search for the cause may be a hopeless pursuit because most of the disease states are the indirect outcome of a constellation of circumstances rather than the direct result of single determinant factors’. Dubos contrasted two traditions in medicine, personified in the classical myths of Hygiea and Asclepius: For the worshippers of Hygiea, health is the natural order of things, a positive attribute to which men are entitled if they govern their lives wisely. According to them, the most important function of medicine is to discover and teach the natural laws which will ensure to man a healthy mind in a healthy body. Indeed he explicitly repudiated the fantasy of ‘harmonious equilibrium with nature’ as ‘an abstract concept with a Platonic beauty but lacking the flesh and blood of life’ (Dubos 1960:31). His argument was for recognition of the ‘never ending oscillation between two different points of view in medicine’ and of the need for a synthesis of both. The key problem identified by Dubos was what became known in the 1970s as ‘the epidemiological transition’ (Omran 1971). Addel Omran, an American epidemiologist, offered a history of humanity in three ages: ‘pestilence and famine’ (life expectancy 20– 40 years); ‘receding pandemics’ (life expectancy 30–50 years); ‘degenerative and man-made diseases’ (life expectancy more than 50 years). The ‘pandemic’ infectious diseases that had been the main cause of premature mortality, particularly among children and particularly in 133 THE CRISIS OF MODERN MEDICINE the cities created by modern industry, had declined in significance, largely as a result of improvements in sanitation and social conditions, partly as a result of immunisation and antibiotics.

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