Worlds of Illness: Biographical and Cultural Perspectives on Health and Disease / Edition 1

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Overview

In recent years the study of illness as experienced by patients has emerged as an approach to understanding sickness. Descriptions of the everyday situations of people with particular diseases, provide a commentary upon the nature of symptoms and upon the relation of the body to society. This approach stresses the biographical and cultural contexts in which illness arises and is borne by individuals and those who care for them. It emphasises the need to understand illness in terms of the patients own interpretation, of its onset, the course of its progress and the potential of the treatment for the condition.
Worlds of Illness examines people's experience of illness and their understanding of what it means to be healthy. The contributors are the first to offer this biographic and cultural approach in one volume, redefining the perspective further and drawing attention to its potential for questioning theoretical assumptions about health and illness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415131520
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/22/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Constructing discourses about health and their social determinants 9
2 Social class and the contextualization of illness experience 27
3 Attitude of mind as a means of resisting illness 49
4 Religion and illness 71
5 Chronic illness and the pursuit of virtue in everyday life 92
6 The role of metaphor in adjustment to chronic illness 109
7 Why do the victims blame themselves? 124
8 Towards the reconstruction of an organic mental disorder 143
9 The world of illness of the closed head injured 161
10 On knowing the patient: experiences of nurses undertaking care 179
Name index 198
Subject index 203
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