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This essay will also highlight some of the challenges faced by the societies around the world in addressing medical inequality. Medical dominance and medicalisation According to Foucault and Illich (in Van Krieken et al. 2006: 351-352), doctors and the medical profession have traditionally been empowered by their knowledge as the authority that society defers to with regards to the definition of disease and health. With improvements in medical technology as well as the advent of the hospital, an evolution... ... middle of paper ... ...London: SAGE. Broom, D.H. and Woodward, R.V.
Those newly defined illnesses changed people’s perceptions and expectations of health and old age, thus dramatically altering society’s expectations of medicine and subsequent life quality. Conrad’s ethnography is a good example of the ethnomedical approach to medical anthropology that addressed several health conditions that are prominent in the United States. He culminated his book by arguing medicalization primarily serves as a form of social control, solving problems with individuals and not society. While the book clearly explained a wide range of negative causes and effects of medicalization, Conrad only acknowledged a few examples of successful resistance briefly in his last chapter. In order to empower its readers beyond education, the book should have examined these instances of anti-medicalization to find similarities and derive productive countermeasures for individuals to follow.
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What it appeared to be however, was to understand the impact of death and dying on end of life care emergency professionals. Background Due to changes in disease patterns and treatment of said diseases, nurses are now exposed to death in a way that is much different to what it used to be. (Degner & Gow, 1998). Considered one of the most stressful aspects of nursing, caring for people that are dying or deceased is a very difficult thing to cope with and adapt to. This sort of care can have a myriad of negative impacts,... ... middle of paper ... ...clinical nursing, 20 (23-24), pp.
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I chose to discuss the implications euthanasia has on nursing because the nursing profession is rooted on providing care to the sick, implementing preventive measures, and the overall promotion of health. But I feel that euthanasia looses sight on the role of a nurse in providing quality care and maintaining focus on the patients’ needs by having a physician or nurse inject a patient with lethal doses of an analgesic that leads to death. Several researchers have found that nurses in favor of euthanasia justify their actions based on the principles of autonomy and preference utilitarianism. However, other researchers concluded from their studies nurses in opposition to euthanasia feel that autonomy goes against the healing process that the nursing profession is built. Rather, there is a need for better communication to be implemented in the care of these patients requesting euthanasia.