In the Kingdom of the Sick A Social History of Chronic Illness in America

ISBN-10: 0802718019
ISBN-13: 9780802718013
Edition: 2013
Authors: Laurie Edwards
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 4/9/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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. WhatThe Noonday Demondid for people suffering from depression,In the Kingdom of the Sickdoes for those who are chronically ill.

Laurie Edwards is a health journalist whose essays and articles have been published in the "Boston Globe" and on several online sites, including ChronicBabe.com. Her blog, www.achronicdose.com, was named one of the top ten sites for chronic pain by the Health Central Network. Edwards teaches writing at Northeastern University and lives with her husband in Boston, Massachusetts. This is her first book.

Introduction
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?
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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