Illness as metaphor

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Vintage Books, 1979 - Family & Relationships - 85 pages
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In 1978 Susan Sontag wrote "Illness as Metaphor," a classic work described by "Newsweek" as "one of the most liberating books of its time." A cancer patient herself when she was writing the book, Sontag shows how the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, especially cancer, add greatly to the suffering of patients and often inhibit them from seeking proper treatment. By demystifying the fantasies surrounding cancer, Sontag shows cancer for what it is--just a disease. Cancer, she argues, is not a curse, not a punishment, certainly not an embarrassment and, it is highly curable, if good treatment is followed. Almost a decade later, with the outbreak of a new, stigmatized disease replete with mystifications and punitive metaphors, Sontag wrote a sequel to "Illness""as Metaphor," extending the argument of the earlier book to the AIDS pandemic. These two essays now published together, "Illness""as Metaphor "and "AIDS and Its Metaphors," have been translated into many languages and continue to have an enormous influence on the thinking of medical professionals and, above all, on the lives of many thousands of patients and caregivers.

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User Review  - Marck Rimorin - Goodreads

Brilliant. A very incisive piece on metaphor, from the lens of cancer and tuberculosis. A must-read; a masterclass of social criticism. Although can be quite difficult to read especially at Part 9. Read full review

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User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

I'm not really sure what I was expecting, but I'm not really walking away from this book with much to say. It probably doesn't help that I read most of this well over a month ago, and I just now ... Read full review

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About the author (1979)

Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, "The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, "and "In America," which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction; a collection of stories, "I, etcetera"; several plays, including "Alice in Bed"; and five works of nonfiction, among them "Against Interpretation "and "On Photography," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001, she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature in 2003.