Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 30, Issue 6, pp 411–425 | Cite as

Can medicalization be good? Situating medicalization within bioethics

  • John Z. Sadler
  • Fabrice Jotterand
  • Simon Craddock Lee
  • Stephen Inrig


Medicalization has been a process articulated primarily by social scientists, historians, and cultural critics. Comparatively little is written about the role of bioethics in appraising medicalization as a social process. The authors consider what medicalization means, its definition, functions, and criteria for assessment. A series of brief case sketches illustrate how bioethics can contribute to the analysis and public policy discussion of medicalization.


Medicalization Bioethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Z. Sadler
    • 1
  • Fabrice Jotterand
    • 1
  • Simon Craddock Lee
    • 1
  • Stephen Inrig
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Ethics and Health Policy, Department of Clinical SciencesUT SouthwesternDallasUSA

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