The Power of Diagnosis

Not all that long ago, almost any medical diagnosis was feared. Today diagnoses are sought after as frequently as they are avoided. A diagnosis can be the gateway to needed services or it can stigmatize the patient—sometimes the same diagnosis does both. Meanwhile the number of variations in normal health and behavior that receive medical diagnoses continues to expand. This month’s contributors explore the “medicalizing” of common problems, and help us make sense of the power of medical diagnosis. 
Volume 13, Number 12: E847-924
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