By Patrick Anderson
Autobiography of a Disease files, in experimental shape, the event of prolonged life-threatening disease in modern US hospitals and clinics. The narrative is predicated totally on the author’s unexpected and catastrophic cave in right into a coma and lengthy hospitalization 13 years in the past; however it has additionally been made from twelve years of study at the background of microbiology, literary representations of disease and scientific remedy, cultural research of MRSA within the well known press, and prolonged autoethnographic paintings on medicalization.
An test in form, the book blends the genres of storytelling, historiography, ethnography, and memoir. not like such a lot scientific memoirs, instructed from the point of view of the human sufferer, Autobiography of a Disease is informed from the point of view of a bacterial cluster. This orientation is meant to symbolize the distribution of views on affliction, incapacity, and ache throughout subjective centers—from sufferer to tracking desktop, from physique to telephone, from caregiver to cared-for—and therefore is sensible of disease basically in a social context.
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