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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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Subject
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
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Edwards, Laurie
Dewey number
362.196/04400973
Index
index present
LC call number
RA644.6
LC item number
.E38 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Chronic diseases
  • Chronically ill
Label
In the kingdom of the sick : a social history of chronic illness in America, Laurie Edwards
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
243 p.
Isbn
9780802718013
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012037482
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • ocn795174952
  • (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
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
243 p.
Isbn
9780802718013
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012037482
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • ocn795174952
  • (OCoLC)795174952

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