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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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Far too large a section of the treatment of disease is to-day controlled by the big manufacturing pharmacists, who have enslaved us in a plausible pseudo-science...
The blind faith which some men have in medicines illustrates too often the greatest of all human capacities - the capacity for self deception...
Some one will say, Is this all your science has to tell us? Is this the outcome of decades of good clinical work, of patient study of the disease, of anxious trial in such good faith of so many drugs? Give us back the childlike trust of the fathers in antimony and in the lancet rather than this cold nihilism. Not at all! Let us accept the truth, however unpleasant it may be, and with the death rate staring us in the face, let us not be deceived with vain fancies...
we need a stern, iconoclastic spirit which leads, not to nihilism, but to an active skepticism - not the passive skepticism, born of despair, but the active skepticism born of a knowledge that recognizes its limitations and knows full well that only in this attitude of mind can true progress be made.
- William Osler 1909