By Patrick Anderson
Autobiography of a Disease records, in experimental shape, the adventure of prolonged life-threatening sickness in modern US hospitals and clinics. The narrative is predicated totally on the author’s surprising 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 analysis at the heritage of microbiology, literary representations of ailment and scientific remedy, cultural research of MRSA within the well known press, and prolonged autoethnographic paintings on medicalization.
An scan in form, the book blends the genres of storytelling, historiography, ethnography, and memoir. not like so much 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 sickness, incapacity, and discomfort throughout subjective centers—from sufferer to tracking computer, from physique to cellphone, from caregiver to cared-for—and hence is smart of sickness simply in a social context.
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