Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.
This slim volume describes, dissects, documents, and demystifies a striking phenomenon that I observed during my second stint as a summer camp physician. Almost 3 decades ago, fresh out of residency, I made my first foray into the wilds. I returned to this interesting type of practice several years ago and was amazed by what had changed. This time, on reviewing the children's medical charts, I suddenly found that lurking behind a facade of apparent good health was hidden illness that had not been evident years ago: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, dyslexia, eating disorders, milk allergies, as well as other disorders. How could I have been so blind the first time? In discussions with colleagues who also took on this kind of work, it became clear that these new pathologies were widespread.
Clarfield AM. The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions Into Treatable Disorders. JAMA. 2007;298(17):2070-2075. doi:10.1001/jama.298.17.2070