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Is it time for an Illich Collaboration to make available information on the harms of medical care?

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 02 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:58
  1. Richard H T Edwards, Professor, University of Wales College of Medicine. (
  1. Beddgelert, Gwynedd LL55 4NL

    EDITOR—The editor's choice on the dark side of medicine1 has prompted me to ask if it is perhaps time to establish an Illich Collaboration (on the lines of the Cochrane Collaboration) to make readily available objective evidence of harms of medical care. The harms go beyond the side effects of drugs or inappropriate use of high intensity treatments to the social and psychological consequences of unchecked medicalisation of the aspects of …

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