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What is a ‘disease’?

Calling a personal condition like menopause a medical problem has important consequences, says Brandeis sociology professor Peter Conrad. Calling a personal condition like menopause a medical problem has important consequences, says Brandeis sociology professor Peter Conrad. (Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff)
March 22, 2010

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Life seems to come with a prescription these days. Are you over 50? You must need your cholesterol lowered. Is Johnny having trouble at school? Don’t ask about the quality of the teaching, put him on medication. Brandeis University sociology professor Peter Conrad first looked at this “medicalization’’ and its implications for health and society in the 1970s and early ... (Full article: 517 words)

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