In The Kingdom Of The Sick: A Social History Of Chronic Illness In America

 In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America PDF ePub book

Thirty years ago, Susan Sontag famously wrote, “Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick . . . Sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.” More than 133 million Americans now live with chronic illness, accounting for nearly three quarters of all health care dollars an...

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (July 8, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620406284
ISBN-13: 978-1620406281
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
Amazon Rank: 481025
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As a teenager who has experienced similar situations as the ghastly truths revealed in this book, I was quite pleased to have come across a book that both informs the naive and dives decades back into the foundation of many practices found in the med...

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in, disability, and heartbreak. Patients with diseases as varied as HIV, cancer, or type 2 diabetes have been stigmatized, accused of causing their preventable illnesses through their lifestyle choices. People with irritable bowel syndrome and female patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have been told their symptoms were due to anxiety; and millions of people with chronic pain have faced skepticism from physicians and the public alike. What The Noonday Demon did for people suffering from depression, Laurie Edwards does for those who are chronically ill, championing their cause and giving voice to their lament.