The Illness Narratives

The Illness Narratives Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition

Paperback (29 Oct 2020) | English

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Synopsis

Western medicine treats sick patients like broken machines -- figure out what is physically wrong, fix it, and send the patient on their way. But humans are not machines. When we are ill, we experience our illness: we become scared, distressed, tired, weary. Our illnesses are not just biological conditions, but human ones.

It was Arthur Kleinman, a Harvard psychiatrist and anthropologist, who saw this truth when most of his fellow doctors did not. Based on decades of clinical experience studying and treating chronic illness, The Illness Narratives makes a case for interpreting the illness experience of patients as a core feature of doctoring.

Before Being Mortal or The Body Keeps the Score, there was The Illness Narratives. It remains today a prescient and passionate case for bridging the gap between patient and practitioner.

About the Publisher

Basic Books

Basic Books

Little, Brown is the literary hardback imprint that feeds into our Abacus paperback list. We publish across a wide range of areas, including fiction, history, memoir, science and travel, but within this diverse list the vast majority of books have in common a strong narrative and a distinctive voice.

Book information

ISBN: 9781541647121
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Basic Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 616.0019
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 304
Weight: -1g
Height: 216mm
Width: 135mm