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  - Carolyn Siegel - Goodreads

A very curious concept about the relationship between language and illness. This being said, a little drawn out/repetitive. Read full review

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User Review  - Carolinemawer - Goodreads

This is a great and very thoughtful book - I only gave it 4 stars cos it feels out of date: for example, I wonder what she would have said about the current pink-ribbon fetishising / consumer movement ... 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.