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

Author: Laurie Edwards
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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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.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurie Edwards
ISBN: 9780802718013 0802718019
OCLC Number: 795174952
Description: 243 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: From Plato to polio: Chronic disease in historical context --
An awakening: Medicine and illness in post-World War Two America --
Disability rights, civil rights, and chronic illness --
The Women's Health Movement and patient empowerment --
Culture, consumerism, and character: Chronic illness and patient advocacy in the 1980s and 1990s --
A slight hysterical tendency: Revisiting "The girl who cried pain" --
Into the fray: Patients in the digital age --
Participatory medicine and transparency --
What future, at what cost?
Responsibility: Laurie Edwards.

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A social history of how science, technology, and culture have shaped the experience of chronic illness--from vaccinations, patients' rights, and activism, to social media.  Read more...

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Order this gem pronto to round out your consumer health collections. Booklist Wise, generous and a terrific storyteller. Publishers Weekly

 
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