In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America

In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America

Laurie Edwards


Thirty years in the past, Susan Sontag famously wrote, "Everyone who's born holds twin citizenship, within the nation of the good and the dominion of the in poor health . . . in the end every one people is obliged, at the least for a spell, to spot ourselves as electorate of that different place." greater than 133 million american citizens now dwell with persistent affliction, accounting for almost 3 quarters of all future health care cash and untold soreness, incapacity, and heartbreak. sufferers with ailments as diversified as HIV, melanoma, or sort 2 diabetes were stigmatized, accused of inflicting their preventable health problems via their way of life offerings. individuals with irritable bowel syndrome and feminine sufferers with continual fatigue syndrome were instructed their indicators have been because of nervousness; and thousands of individuals with power discomfort have confronted skepticism from physicians and the general public alike. What The Noonday Demon did for individuals struggling with melancholy, Laurie Edwards does in the event you are chronically ailing, championing their reason and giving voice to their lament.

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