At the simplest and at the least, the idea of iatrogenesis
encourages humility and stands as a reminder that 'solutions'--especially technical responses to problems of living (Illich, 1991) - can sometimes make things worse.
Although I am concerned about the impact of iatrogenesis on the lives of our patients and on the credibility of mental health practitioners, I am also concerned about some rather extreme and questionable statements being made by certain skeptics suggesting that repressed memories and repression may not exist at all.
Alternate explanations are possible, including iatrogenesis stemming from therapist bias or biased evaluation of the validity of the recovered memory by the therapist.
Illich identifies various forms of iatrogenesis, but the only one that is generally identified and discussed is clinical iatrogenesis.
As bad as clinical iatrogenesis is, it represents only a superficial level of disease caused by the industrial medical establishment.
Social iatrogenesis is at work when health care is turned into a standardized item; when all suffering is 'hospitalized' and the home becomes inhospitable to birth, sickness and death; when the language in which people could experience their bodies is turned into bureaucratic gobbledygook; or when suffering, mourning and healing outside the patient role are labeled a forin of deviance.
17] The redefinition of "normal" anxiety as the disease "performance anxiety" is also a form of cultural iatrogenesis
Many diminutions of care may be benign, even beneficial as inconvenience and iatrogenesis
It is easy to see how invasiveness and iatrogenesis
play important symbolic roles in ethical debates over involuntary sterilization and growth hormone treatment.