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Neuvas Tendencias En La Medicalización

By José Augusto Cabral Barros
2007

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Comenzando con un análisis crítico del rol de los medicamentos en la práctica de profesionales de salud y consumidores, el texto intenta recalcar la influencia ejercida por las estrategias promocionales, tanto las mas antiguas como las mas recientes, por iniciativa de los productores, con el fin de reforzar valores y creencias que sobrepasan lo que se puede obtener con la utilización de un fármaco. Son seleccionados algunos ejemplos para ilustrar el problema de la intensificación del proceso de “medicalización”, particularmente a partir de los equívocos advenidos del uso irracional de anfetaminas volcadas hacia el control del apetito, o hacia los niños clasificados como “hiper-activos” y “con deficit de atención’, además de los fármacos para andropausia o depresión.

 

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