The alchemy of illness

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Pantheon Books, 1993 - Health & Fitness - 159 pages
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Illness is a universal experience. There is no privilege that can make us immune to its touch. We are taught to assume health, illnesses being just temporary breakdowns in the well-oiled machinery of the body. But illness has its own geography, its own laws and commandments. At a time when the attention of the whole nation is focused on health care, Kat Duff inquires into the nature and function of illness itself. Duff, a counselor in private practice in Taos, New Mexico, wrote this book out of her experience with chronic fatigue syndrome, but what she has to say is applicable to every illness and every one of us. For those who are sick, this book offers solace and recognition. For those who care for them either physically or emotionally, it offers inspiration and compassion. Finally, this fresh perspective on healing reveals how every illness is a crucible that tries our mettle, tests our limits, and provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to integrate its lessons into our lives.

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Drawing on her own experience with CFIDS (chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome), the author of this collection of eight essays explores the mystery of human pain. "Illness is a familiar yet ... Read full review

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Library of Congress-assigned subject headings ("Sick-psychology'' and "Chronic fatigue syndrome-psychological aspects'') suggest the gist of this book, which was written by "a white woman of ... Read full review

Contents

THE INVISIBLE UNDERWORLD OF ILLNESS
3
THE SECRETS OUR BODIES KEEP SAFE
19
CULTURAL ASSUMPTIONS AND ILLUSIONS
34
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About the author (1993)

Duff has a B.A. in literature and women's studies and a M.A. in counseling and education.

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