Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age / Edition 1

Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age / Edition 1

by David B. Morris
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University of California Press
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An anti-science, anit-medicine, anti-western, anti-rational, anti-everything except for a trite parade of postmodern sacred cows that passes as a discourse on postmodern illness. This 'work' will appeal to that cadre of perpetual cognitive toddlers who masquerade as quasi-intellectuals but are intent on destroying (deconstructing) culture by declaring everying as only culture and politics, and thus returning us back to the primeval jungle. Another chapter in the effort of postmodernists to construct a worldview in which the mantra is 'culture uber alles,' not by any logic or coherent argument, but by repetitive assertion intermixed with false strawmen in an effort to deceptively prop up their nihilists assertions while viciously deconstructing anything that does not accord with their imperialist jihad. The central thesis that western medicine distinguishes disease as objective and illness as subjective is patently wrong (look up the defintions in any medical dictionary). This is just the beginning of an intellectually dishonest, intellectually berift, solipistic monologue. It is rambling, tangential, and plays fast and loose with facts (which postmodernists abhore anyway). The author seems highly impressed with himself. This book is nothing less than a frontal assault on western medicine that is full of ill-will and a transparent invitation for postmodern nonscientific gurus to take over as self-appointed high priests of a deconstructed medicine, albeit with a properly humbled and subservient residual role for science and the remaining carcass of western medicine. In an informed critique, debunking Morris is so easy that it is not even sport, but rather like shooting fish in a barrell -- red herrings to be exact. However, he is likely to seduce many who seem so ready to deconstruct any institution or cultural landmark that is associated with the West or Caucasian males. This book confirms all of my worst fears about the postmodern epidemic that itself constitutes a serious cultural illness.