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Body Silent

Body Silent

by Robert Francis Murphy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393307026

ISBN-13: 9780393307023

Pub. Date: 09/01/1990

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

Winner of the Columbia University Lionel Trilling Award. Robert Murphy was in the prime of his career as an anthropologist when he felt the first symptom of a malady that would ultimately take him on an odyssey stranger than any field trip to the Amazon: a tumor of the spinal cord that progressed slowly and irreversibly into quadriplegia. In this gripping

Overview

Winner of the Columbia University Lionel Trilling Award. Robert Murphy was in the prime of his career as an anthropologist when he felt the first symptom of a malady that would ultimately take him on an odyssey stranger than any field trip to the Amazon: a tumor of the spinal cord that progressed slowly and irreversibly into quadriplegia. In this gripping account, Murphy explores society's fears, myths, and misunderstandings about disability, and the damage they inflict. He reports how paralysis—like all disabilities—assaults people's identity, social standing, and ties with others, while at the same time making the love of life burn even more fiercely.

Author Biography: Robert F. Murphy (1924-1990) was professor of anthropology at Columbia University and the author of many articles and books.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393307023
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1990
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue—Night Sounds

I. In the Beginning

Signs and Symptoms

The Road to Entropy

The Return

II. Body, Self, and Society

The Damaged Self

Encounters

The Struggle for Autonomy

III. On Living

The Deepening Silence

Love and Dependency

There's No Cure for Life

Notes

Bibliography

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