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    DescriptionIn 1978 Susan Sontag wrote "Illness as Metaphor," a classic work described by "Newsweek" as "one of the most liberating books of its time." A cancer patient herself when she was writing the book, Sontag shows how the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, especially cancer, add greatly to the suffering of patients and often inhibit them from seeking proper treatment. By demystifying the fantasies surrounding cancer, Sontag shows cancer for what it is--just a disease. Cancer, she argues, is not a curse, not a punishment, certainly not an embarrassment and, it is highly curable, if good treatment is followed. Almost a decade later, with the outbreak of a new, stigmatized disease replete with mystifications and punitive metaphors, Sontag wrote a sequel to "Illness""as Metaphor," extending the argument of the earlier book to the AIDS pandemic. These two essays now published together, "Illness""as Metaphor "and "AIDS and Its Metaphors," have been translated into many languages and continue to have an enormous influence on the thinking of medical professionals and, above all, on the lives of many thousands of patients and caregivers.

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    Illness as a Metaphor
    AIDS and Its Metaphors
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sontag
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 183
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 91 g
    ISBN 13: 9780312420130
    ISBN 10: 0312420137

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    LC classification: RA644.A25 S662 2001
    1, New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    07 February 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Susan Sontag is the author of four other novels, "The Benefactor," "Death Kit," and "The Volcano Lover"; and "In America," which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction; "I, etcetera" a collection of stories; several plays, and five works of nonfiction, among them "On Photography" and "Against Interpretation." In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.
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    "Susan Sontag's "Illness as Metaphor "was the first to point out the accusatory side of the metaphors of empowerment that seek to enlist the patient's will to resist disease. It is largely as a result of her work that the how-to health books avoid the blame-ridden term 'cancer personality' and speak more soothingly of 'disease-producing lifestyles' . . . "AIDS and Its Metaphors "extends her critique of cancer metaphors to the metaphors of dread surrounding the AIDS virus. Taken together, the two essays are an exemplary demonstration of the power of the intellect in the face of the lethal metaphors of fear."--Michael Ignatieff, "The New Republic"