Recently I read somewhere (it was through ER hater Flea) the term “Medicalization of Childhood”, meaning kids no longer have colds, they have Viral illnesses, sometimes with mild reactive airway disease, and must see a doctor and get a prescription. See also ants-in-the-pants, i.e., ADD.
The Blog that Ate Manhattan indicates this medicalization of normal life isn’t restricted to kids. Her “How to Get Pregnant” is a cry to just live, and stop worrying. Not everything needs a test, a procedure, etc.