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To answer this question it must be realised that there are several parts to it that need to be understood There appears to be little or no literature available on the specific question however by understanding the term reification and then applying it to the medical consultation and process I will answer the question In this essay I will clarify the essence of the meaning of the term reification give a brief historical outline of the medical industry and show how this all combines to play a major part in the medical process and consultation If we accept that we are in a postmodern era then the concept of the progression of civilisation can been seen in three stages leading to that First there was the primitive world which was primarily understood in terms of magic and superstition Next came the pre-modern world which was seen by religious belief and an all know God was the only authority of real knowledge And thirdly was the modern world that was seen as scientific and rational this was when science was the only source of empirical knowledge And this is the period reification reared its head Stainton Rogers 1991 1-29 Reification is central to Postmodernism and social constructionism and is the process that turns concepts and ideas into solid things Stainton Rogers 19911-29 Reification treats ideas as though they have real concrete existence and this in turn shows them as real and true objects of the world They appear to be real because of the power of reification and an example of this comes from Wendy Stainton Rogers Just as the fisherman lures a trout onto his hook by Convincing it that some neatly tied feathers are a nice juicy fly so too does reification lure us into seeing ideas as real things -and we find it difficult to resist the illusion Rogers 1991 7 A final explanation comes from PSedgwick The fracture of
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