Empathy Exams Essays

ISBN-10: 1555976719
ISBN-13: 9781555976712
Edition: 2014
Authors: Leslie Jamison
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 4/1/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

From personal loss to phantom diseases, a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction PrizeBeginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain—real and imagined, her own and others’—Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory—from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration—in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.

Leslie Jamison was born in Washington D.C. in 1983. She has worked as a baker, an office temp, an innkeeper, a tutor, and a medical actor. She is the author of The Gin Closet and The Empathy Exams: Essays. She is currently finishing a doctoral dissertation at Yale University about addiction narratives.

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