By Patrick Anderson
Autobiography of a Disease files, in experimental shape, the adventure of prolonged life-threatening ailment in modern US hospitals and clinics. The narrative relies 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 historical past of microbiology, literary representations of ailment and clinical therapy, cultural research of MRSA within the renowned 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, informed from the point of view of the human sufferer, Autobiography of a Disease is instructed from the viewpoint of a bacterial cluster. This orientation is meant to symbolize the distribution of views on ailment, incapacity, and ache throughout subjective centers—from sufferer to tracking laptop, from physique to phone, from caregiver to cared-for—and hence is smart of ailment simply in a social context.
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