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Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled
     

Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled

by Robert F. Murphy
 

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ISBN-10: 0393320421

ISBN-13: 9780393320428

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

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

"The most powerful book of its kind I've ever read.... Extraordinary powers of observation, generalization, and depth."—Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat
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

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"The most powerful book of its kind I've ever read.... Extraordinary powers of observation, generalization, and depth."—Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393320428
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
(Reissue)
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
642,191
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(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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