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|Genre ||Anthology (Mixed Genres) (451 pp.)|
|Keywords||Aging, AIDS, Art of Medicine, Asian Experience, Cancer, Caregivers, Death and Dying, Dementia, Depression, Disability, Disease and Health, Doctor-Patient Relationship, Eating Disorder, Epilepsy, Grief, Hospitalization, Illness Narrative/Pathography, Medical Ethics, Mental Illness, Narrative as Method, Patient Experience, Professionalism, Suffering, Women's Health|
|Summary||This is a collection of approximately 45 pathographies-essays, memoirs, biography, autobiography, poems, and reflections on illness experiences -grouped loosely into four categories of related subject matter. These categories are: Illness and Identity: Dynamics of Self and Family; Concealing Illness, Performing Health; Agency and Advocacy; Medicine at the Margins. The majority of the pieces are written by non-health care academics about their experiences with a wide variety of illnesses. A few have been written by or with health care professionals. |
|Commentary|| As is predictable in an anthology so wide ranging, there is considerable variability in the presentations and the voices they represent. There are a few stellar pathographies that pinpoint the human condition clearly and sensitively. Among these are "Stay of Execution" by Susanna Black (pg 101); "DSM-IV 300.30" by Mikita Brottman (pg 347), and "Breast Art"--three poems by Lisa Katz (158). Many of the pieces are replete with academic jargon used as creative and/or metaphorical descriptions possibly inaccessible to individuals who are not comfortable with the language of the Academy.|
There are some fine teaching opportunities in this collection -- stories about experience with health problems not frequently explored in pathographies, such as uterine prolapse (pg 189), panic disorder (pg 330), and Guillain-Barré Sydrome (pg 421), as well as the frustrations engendered by not being able to access perceived essential diagnostic studies because of insurance issues (see "Interstices of Illness," (pg 381).
|Publisher||Purdue University Press|
|Editors||Kimberly R. Myers|
|Place Published||West Lafayette, Indiana|
||Willms, Janice L.
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