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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 309-314

Iatrogenesis: A review on nature, extent, and distribution of healthcare hazards

1 Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
2 Division of Animal Biotechnology Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Sher-e-Kashmir University Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Rafia Farooq Peer
Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_329_17

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Modern medicine is given overarching importance to tackle disease in the human body than environmental determinants. Although, most of the literature confirms that the determinants of disease are there in the environment. Yet in the modern times what is being emphasized is highly limited and reductionist approach of curing ailments in the human body only, which is one of the desired interventions but is full of other side effects and risks leading to iatrogenic reactions. Most of the literature establishes that modern medicine is one of the major threats to the world health. Besides treating disease at the clinical level, rational, and well-thoughtout changes in the overall environment can positively impact the nature, extent, and distribution of disease.

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