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Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream

Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream

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by Carl Elliott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393325652

ISBN-13: 9780393325652

Pub. Date: 05/19/2004

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Elliott's absorbing account will make readers think again about the ways that science shapes our personal identities."—American Scientist
Americans have always been the world's most anxiously enthusiastic consumers of "enhancement technologies." Prozac, Viagra, and Botox injections are only the latest manifestations of a familiar pattern: enthusiastic

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"Elliott's absorbing account will make readers think again about the ways that science shapes our personal identities."—American Scientist
Americans have always been the world's most anxiously enthusiastic consumers of "enhancement technologies." Prozac, Viagra, and Botox injections are only the latest manifestations of a familiar pattern: enthusiastic adoption, public hand-wringing, an occasional congressional hearing, and calls for self-reliance.
In a brilliant diagnosis of our reactions to self-improvement technologies, Carl Elliott asks questions that illuminate deep currents in the American character: Why do we feel uneasy about these drugs, procedures, and therapies even while we embrace them? Where do we draw the line between self and society? Why do we seek self-realization in ways so heavily influenced by cultural conformity?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393325652
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/19/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

ForewordIX
IntroductionXV
1The Perfect Voice1
2The True Self28
3The Face Behind the Mask54
4The Loneliness of the Late-Night Television Watcher77
5The Identity Bazaar100
6Three Ways to Feel Homesick129
7Pilgrims and Strangers161
8Resident Aliens186
9Amputees by Choice208
10Bringing up Baby237
11Second Acts273
12Conclusion: The Tyranny of Happiness295
Notes305
Acknowledgments333
Index339

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