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Catching My Breath: An Asthmatic Explores His Illness
     

Catching My Breath: An Asthmatic Explores His Illness

by Tim Brookes
 

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The first book to give serious attention to the social roots of asthma & raises profound questions about our attitudes toward illness. Brookes surveys the dubious history of asthma treatments & consults 5 doctors, who offer 5 conflicting explanations for his asthma attack; tries alternative medicine treatments; navigates the treacherous waters of insurance companies,

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The first book to give serious attention to the social roots of asthma & raises profound questions about our attitudes toward illness. Brookes surveys the dubious history of asthma treatments & consults 5 doctors, who offer 5 conflicting explanations for his asthma attack; tries alternative medicine treatments; navigates the treacherous waters of insurance companies, & even consults a psychic. He also finds that the politics of health are intertwined with the politics of rich & poor. It would be impossible to imagine a more compelling version of what it is like to lose your breath. Any asthmatic who reads this book will recognize its authenticity.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
British-born former U.S. public radio editor Brookes's first asthmatic attack is described as a bolt of lightning that caused him to gasp and suffer painfully swollen sinuses, a flooded trachea and heart fibrillations. Self-injected epinephrine finally left him feeling as if he had been ``turned inside out.'' Since medical science has been unable to unravel the mystery of asthma's causes, the author studied medical books, attended lectures, interviewed specialists and experimented on himself, even meeting with a psychic who suggested that ``hidden emotional conflicts'' might lie at the root of his illness. Brookes concluded his asthma is probably due to a synergy between physical (allergy) and psychosomatic reactions, along with exterior elements like pollution, work and economic conditions. Of interest chiefly to asthmatics. (June)
Library Journal
Brookes (creative writing and media criticism, Univ. of Vermont) provides a personal account of how he deals with a chronic condition that robs him of his ability to breathe. As he chronicles his attempts to understand a disease that even the medical community cannot explain, the terror of the asthma attack comes through. Brookes effectively illustrates the desperate feeling of having no control over the disease, and his frustrations with doctors, medications, insurance providers, and the misconceptions people have about asthma are well articulated. Although this is not a "how to live with asthma" book, those who suffer from the condition may benefit from reading about someone else's experiences with the disease. Recommended for public libraries.-Kathleen McQuiston, Philadelphia Coll. of Pharmacy & Science

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679762065
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/30/1995
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 8.05(h) x 0.64(d)

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