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Distressed Body : Rethinking Illness, Imprisonment, and Healing (Hardcover) (Drew Leder)
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Returning to some of the issues in his now classic book The Absent Body published by this Press in 1990, philosopher and physician Drew Leder turns his attention in his new book to distressed bodies the experience of illness and pain, and a variety of medical responses thereto; the experience of being imprisoned in our age of mass incarceration”; and also the mis-treatment of animal bodies, as in modern factory farms. Yet this book is not just about suffering, but the healing of suffering. Each chapter takes up a single topic -- be it the experience of pain, the use of pills in medicine, organ transplantation, or factory farming employing interpretive tools appropriate to the issue. At the same time, the book clarifies for the reader how each chapter connects to and builds upon previous material. After a general Introduction, the book’s first section is called Illness and Treatment: Phenomenological Investigations.” It uses phenomenological methods, largely, though not exclusively, to examine what is it to be ill or in pain, and how modern medicine does and could -- respond. This leads us into Section Two of the book, Medicine and Bioethics: Hermeneutical Reflections.” In this section, Leder uses tools explicitly and implicitly drawn from figures like Heidegger and Gadamer. Up to now the focus has been on the ill body and its treatment by the medical system. But this is far from the only sort of distressed body.” In Section Three, Discarded and Recovered Bodies” Leder reveals striking parallels between the lifeworlds of animals and prisoners. This stunning collection of essays showcases Leder’s powerful and imaginative intellect.
Number of Pages: 287
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Drew Leder
Street Date: October 17, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-2091
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