Bittersweet: Diabetes, Insulin, and the Transformation of Illness / Edition 1

Bittersweet: Diabetes, Insulin, and the Transformation of Illness / Edition 1

by Chris Feudtner, John Christopher Feudtner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807827916

ISBN-13: 9780807827918

Pub. Date: 05/26/2003

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

One of medicine's most remarkable therapeutic triumphs was the discovery of insulin in 1921. The drug produced astonishing results, rescuing children and adults from the deadly grip of diabetes. But as Chris Feudtner demonstrates, the subsequent transformation of the disease from a fatal condition into a chronic illness is a story of success tinged with irony, a

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One of medicine's most remarkable therapeutic triumphs was the discovery of insulin in 1921. The drug produced astonishing results, rescuing children and adults from the deadly grip of diabetes. But as Chris Feudtner demonstrates, the subsequent transformation of the disease from a fatal condition into a chronic illness is a story of success tinged with irony, a revealing saga that illuminates the complex human consequences of medical intervention.

Bittersweet chronicles this history of diabetes through the compelling perspectives of people who lived with this disease. Drawing on a remarkable body of letters exchanged between patients or their parents and Dr. Elliot P. Joslin and the staff of physicians at his famed Boston clinic, Feudtner examines the experience of living with diabetes across the twentieth century, highlighting changes in treatment and their profound effects on patients' lives. Although focused on juvenile-onset, or Type 1, diabetes, the themes explored in Bittersweet have implications for our understanding of adult-onset, or Type 2, diabetes, as well as a host of other diseases that, thanks to drugs or medical advances, are being transformed from acute to chronic conditions. Indeed, the tale of diabetes in the post-insulin era provides an ideal opportunity for exploring the larger questions of how medicine changes our lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807827918
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/26/2003
Series:
Studies in Social Medicine Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IDisease and Medicine Today
1Irony in an Era of Medical Marvels: Diabetes History as a Study of Health and Hope3
Pt. IIThe Bittersweet Transformation of Diabetes
2A Disease in Motion: The Cycles of Diabetic Transmutation33
3Illness Unfolding: The Transformed Experience of Diabetic Patients62
4Getting the Point: The Daily Work of Diabetes89
5The Want of Control: Ideas and Ideals in the Management of Diabetes121
6Pregnant Longings: Mounting Medical Intensity in the Pursuit of Motherhood146
7Predicaments of Dangerous Safety: Identity, Responsibility, and Life with a Chronic Illness169
Pt. IIIIllness and People Care Tomorrow
8Medicine and the Marshaling of Hope: Confronting the Increasingly Complicated Choices of Incomplete Control199
Notes223
Bibliography249
Acknowledgments275
Index277

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