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Book and Media Reviews
November 15, 2006


Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(19):2379-2384. doi:10.1001/jama.296.19.2380

Medicalization has been defined as a growth in the tendency to define aspects of everyday life as subject to medical diagnosis and treatment.1 It has been associated with the increase in the dominance, power, prestige, and income of the medical profession in the 20th century.1