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Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

 

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Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors


by Susan Sontag (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780141187129

 

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Reveals that the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, especially cancer, add greatly to the suffering of the patients and often inhibit them from seeking proper treatment. By demystifying the fantasies surrounding cancer, this study shows cancer for what it is.


Sontag wrote "Illness as Metaphor" in 1978, while suffering from breast cancer herself. In her study, she reveals that the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, especially cancer, add greatly to the suffering of the patients and often inhibit them from seeking proper treatment. By demystifying the fantasies surrounding cancer, Sontag shows cancer for what it is - a disease; not a curse, not a punishment, certainly not an embarrassment, and highly curable, if good treatment is found early enough. Almost a decade later, with the outbreak of a new, stigmatized disease replete with mystifications and punitive metaphors, Sontag wrote "Aids and Its Metaphors", extending the argument of the earlier book to the AIDS pandemic.


 

ISBN 141187123
ISBN13 9780141187129
Publisher Penguin Classics
Format Paperback
Publication date 05/12/2002
Pages 192
Weight (grammes) 148
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 198
Width (mm) 129