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Health and social movements: orthodox medicine in question

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Χαράλαμπος Οικονόμου
Χαράλαμπος Οικονόμου


The aim of the present paper is to map the territory
of health social movements and to examine
the demands they make as well as the
factors that contributed in their emergence
and strengthening. The increasing scientization
of decision-making process in the exercise
of health policy and the dominant role of
medical authority and power in doctor-patient
relationship constituted two important points
on which the criticism and contest of these
movements focused. The basic working hypothesis
is that health social movements call
into question the primacy and infallibility of
the orthodox medicine, which is based on the
dominant biomedical model in western societies
and challenge the institutional and cultural
framework of health policy formation.


Social movements; health; medicalization


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