Conclusion: Making and Creating Choices

  • Evelleen Richards


We cannot refine the politics out of medicine. We are not faced with a choice between medicine or politics, but with the inescapable reality of medicine as politics. By this I do not mean that we can simply reduce medicine to politics, to arbitrary power as opposed to rational knowledge. Rather, I mean, as this study has made manifest, that medical rationality is a framework of thought and action interpenetrated by professional and socioeconomic interests and values. My intention is to expose the artificial and unrealistic separation of medical knowledge from its political context, from the social distribution of power.


Alternative Medicine Medical Knowledge Conventional Medicine Social Objective Evaluative Criterion 
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© Evelleen Richards 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Evelleen Richards
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  1. 1.Science and Technology Studies DeptUniversity of WollongongAustralia

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