Limits to Medicine: re-visiting Ivan Illich

Ivan Illich’s book Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis- the Expropriation of Health  blew me away when I first read it as a medical student many years ago. Re-reading it recently, I was struck by its originality and audacity, as well as the continuing relevance of Illich’s thought. Illich was a visionary in a proper sense,…

Taking down the talking cure

Review of The Therapy Industry: the Irresistible Rise of the Talking Cure, and Why it Doesn’t Work By Paul Moloney, Pluto Press, 2013 Everyone sings the praises of talking therapy these days. A myriad of therapies, each with their own logic and rationale and a technical sounding acronym, claim to cure an increasingly diverse range…