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The Resource In the kingdom of the sick : a social history of chronic illness in America, Laurie Edwards

In the kingdom of the sick : a social history of chronic illness in America, Laurie Edwards

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In the kingdom of the sick : a social history of chronic illness in America
Title
In the kingdom of the sick
Title remainder
a social history of chronic illness in America
Statement of responsibility
Laurie Edwards
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Language
eng
Summary
"Thirty years ago, Susan Sontag 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." Now more than 133 million Americans live with chronic illness, accounting for nearly three-quarters of all health care dollars, and untold pain and disability. There has been an alarming rise in illnesses that defy diagnosis through clinical tests or have no known cure. Millions of people, especially women, with illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome face skepticism from physicians and the public alike. And people with diseases as varied as cardiovascular disease, HIV, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes have been accused of causing their preventable illnesses through their lifestyle choices. We must balance our faith in medical technology with awareness of the limits of science, and confront our throwback beliefs that people who are sick have weaker character than those who are well. Through research and patient narratives, health writer Laurie Edwards explores patient rights, the role of social media in medical advocacy, the origins of our attitudes about chronic illness, and much more. What The Noonday Demon did for people suffering from depression, In the Kingdom of the Sick does for those who are chronically ill"--Provided by publisher
Summary
Citing a high percentage of Americans who live with chronic illness, an urgent call to action draws on scientific research and patient narratives to explore the role of social medial in medical advocacy, arguing that we must change attitudes about the link between health and lifestyle and provide appropriate and compassionate treatments
Award
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2013.
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10172002
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Edwards, Laurie
Dewey number
362.196
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Chronic diseases
  • Chronically ill
  • Patient advocacy
  • Social change
Target audience
adult
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a social history of chronic illness in America
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In the kingdom of the sick : a social history of chronic illness in America, Laurie Edwards
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-235) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 From Plato to Polio Chronic Disease in Historical Context -- ch. 2 An Awakening Medicine and Illness in Post-World War Two America -- ch. 3 Disability Rights, Civil Rights, and Chronic Illness -- ch. 4 The Women's Health Movement and Patient Empowerment -- ch. 5 Culture, Consumerism, and Character Chronic Illness and Patient Advocacy in the 1980s and 1990s -- ch. 6 A Slight Hysterical Tendency Revisiting "The Girl Who Cried Pain" -- ch. 7 Into the Fray Patients in the Digital Age -- ch. 8 Participatory Medicine and Transparency -- ch. 9 What Future, at What Cost?
Control code
000050048910
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
243 p.
Isbn
9780802718013
Lccn
2012037482
System control number
(OCoLC)795174952
Label
In the kingdom of the sick : a social history of chronic illness in America, Laurie Edwards
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-235) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 From Plato to Polio Chronic Disease in Historical Context -- ch. 2 An Awakening Medicine and Illness in Post-World War Two America -- ch. 3 Disability Rights, Civil Rights, and Chronic Illness -- ch. 4 The Women's Health Movement and Patient Empowerment -- ch. 5 Culture, Consumerism, and Character Chronic Illness and Patient Advocacy in the 1980s and 1990s -- ch. 6 A Slight Hysterical Tendency Revisiting "The Girl Who Cried Pain" -- ch. 7 Into the Fray Patients in the Digital Age -- ch. 8 Participatory Medicine and Transparency -- ch. 9 What Future, at What Cost?
Control code
000050048910
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
243 p.
Isbn
9780802718013
Lccn
2012037482
System control number
(OCoLC)795174952

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