People have and always will encounter aspects of being alive that present problems, cause distress and discomfort. It is just part of the richness of everyday life that not all that we do or experience is pleasant or enjoyable. In previous times if these troubles were particularly unsettling or problematic, then help or assistance may have been sought. Doing so would not have taken someone to their local doctor or physician. Rather, a friend or a local cleric may have been approached to offer advice and support. A distinct trend has been emerging in contemporary society. Those formerly normal travails of life, with which other people in the family or community could have assisted, have increasingly come under the medical gaze. This trend is ...