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Effective health care depends on self-care; this fact is currently heralded as if it were a discovery.






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Ivan Illich
Ivan Illich
  • Born: September 4, 1926
  • Died: December 2, 2002
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Sociologist

Ivan Illich was a Croatian-Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest, and critic of the institutions of modern Western culture, who addressed contemporary practices in education, medicine, work, energy use, transportation, and economic development. The book that brought Ivan Illich to public attention was Deschooling Society published in 1971. It was a groundbreaking critique of compulsory mass education. He argued that the oppressive structure of the school system could not be reformed but must be dismantled in order to free humanity from the crippling effects of lifelong institutionalization.

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