Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 16 (3):587-600 (2013)

Thor Eriksen
University of Tromsø
Arne Vetlesen
University of Oslo
Medicine is facing wide-ranging challenges concerning the so-called medically unexplained disorders. The epidemiology is confusing, different medical specialties claim ownership of their unexplained territory and the unexplained conditions are themselves promoted through a highly complicated and sophisticated use of language. Confronting the outcome, i.e. numerous medical acronyms, we reflect upon principles of systematizing, contextual and social considerations and ways of thinking about these phenomena. Finally we address what we consider to be crucial dimensions concerning the landscape of unexplained “matters”; fatigued being, pain-full being and dys-ordered being, all expressive momentums of an aesthetic of resistance
Keywords Medically unexplained disorders  Somatoform disorder  Functional somatic syndromes  Overlapping pains  Multi-morbidity  Medicalization  Colonization of lifeworld  Aesthetics of resistance
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DOI 10.1007/s11019-012-9436-2
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