iatrogenic disease


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iatrogenic disease

any illness caused by doctors or pathogenic medicine which, according to ILLICH (1975), operates on three levels:
  1. clinical - the undesirable side effects of treatments administered to cure or exploit the patient or to protect the doctor from censure;
  2. social – where medical practice sponsors sickness by reinforcing a morbid society that encourages people to become consumers of curative, preventive, industrial and environmental medicine;
  3. health-denying- where the human potential to deal with vulnerability and weakness is eroded by reliance on medical solutions.
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As a result, unneeded and inappropriate diagnostic tests and therapies are prescribed and willingly accepted by the patient, and these may, in turn, result in iatrogenic disease.
Depending on the literature one reads, iatrogenic disease is now the third (3) or even most common cause of ill health.
Discussion of special topics during internship covers: (1) patient autonomy; (2) talking with cancer patients and surgical patients pre-operatively; (3) truth telling; (4) care of the dying and care of intersex patients; (5) iatrogenic disease and medical morals.
One out of five patients admitted to a typical research hospital acquires an iatrogenic disease .