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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 75-78

Medicalization – A growing problem

Department of Neurology, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

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Dr. Sajid Hameed
Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi
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DOI: 10.4103/jss.JSS_3_19

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Medicalization is the latest growing trend of our modern society. The Western scholars have debated for decades about its merits and demerits. Medical profession has always been blamed for the medicalization, but there are also other factors that contribute to this process. The commercialism, mass media misinformation, and our own impatience are some of the factors that contribute to our excess dependence on the medical profession to solve our problems. Being an underdeveloped country, our resources are limited, and diverting them to less serious conditions will create a big vacuum to fill. It is high time to deeply discuss its origin and propose a solution. Medicalization needs periodic checking; otherwise, excessive medicines will paralyze our society.

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