Illness and Self in Society

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John Hopkins University Press, 1987 - 271 Seiten
Is the way in which we perceive illness a development of the nineteenth century, when the calamitous epidemics of earlier times gave way to the new scourge of tuberculosis? The authors take an extraordinarily wide-ranging and provocative look at illness as a social phenomenon from the Middle Ages to the present- and uncover the multiple ideas and realities behind what we have come to call "a sick person." Drawing upon the history of medicine and mentalities, on literary representations as well as on hundreds of conversation with people suffering from or living with disease, the authors have explored the very different ways in which every society structures illness and the status of the ill in accord with its own values. And they have explicated the changing ways in which the sick have perceived the presence of illness in their own bodies, have absorbed the medical knowledge of their time, and have sought to give meaning to their sufferings. -- From Book Jacket

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This is a fascinating read, and well-paced. Based in historical data and writings, as well as interviews with Europeans conducted from the 1950s through the late 70s, the multitude of voices and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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The authors, French sociologists, interviewed and studied the sick intensively over a 20-year period; but their overview encompasses the period from the Middle Ages to the early 1980s. Belief in ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Epidemics
3
From Consumption to Tuberculosis
24
Registers of Memory and Forgetting
38
The Illnesses of Modern Life
49
From the Body Horrible to the Space of Disease
69
From Causes to Meaning
98
Fate or Disease without the Sick
129
Sinners and Penitents
139
The Flawed Body
152
From Inactivity to the Right to Illness
169
Medicine and the Sick
190
From Selfhelp to the Duty to Be Healthy
210
Conclusion
237
Index
263
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