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Illness as a Metaphor free pdf In 1978 Susan 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.

About Sontag

Susan Sontag is the author of four other novels, "The Benefactor," "Death Kit," and "The Volcano Lover"- and "In America," which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction- "I, etcetera" a collection of stories- several plays, and five works of nonfiction, among them "On Photography" and "Against Interpretation." In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

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Author : Sontag
Publisher : St Martin's Press
Data Published : 07 February 2005
ISBN : 0312420137
EAN : 9780312420130
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 183 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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