Illness as Metaphor and Aids and Its Metaphors 1st Edition 9780312420130
Product Edition:1st Edition
Author: Susan Sontag
Book Name: Illness as Metaphor and Aids and Its Metaphors
Subject Name: Social-science

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Susan Sontag's celebrated essays on cancer and AIDS now available in one volume.In 1978 Sontag wrote Illness as Metaphor a classic work described by Newsweek as "one of the most liberating books of its time." A cancer patient herself when she was writing the book Sontag shows how the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses especially cancer add greatly to the suffering of patients and often inhibit them from seeking proper treatment. By demystifying the fantasies surrounding cancer Sontag shows cancer for what it is--just a disease. Cancer she argues is not a curse not a punishment certainly not an embarrassment and it is highly curable if good treatment is followed. Almost a decade later with the outbreak of a new stigmatized disease replete with mystifications and punitive metaphors Sontag wrote a sequel to Illness as Metaphor extending the argument of the earlier book to the AIDS pandemic.These two essays now published together Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors have been translated into many languages and continue to have an enormous influence on the thinking of medical professionals and above all on the lives of many thousands of patients and caregivers.Read more


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