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Query:   Construction of illness
Author:  Arran Stibbe
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Sociolinguistics

Summary:   SUMMARY: THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF ILLNESS

I'D LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO REPLIED TO MY QUESTION ON THE SOCIAL
CONSTRUCTION OF ILLNESS (8.188), WHICH ASKED ABOUT PATHOGRAPHIES -
AUTOBIOGRAPHIES OF PEOPLE WITH SEVERE ILLNESS. I HAVE FOUND
PATHOGRAPHIES PARTICULARLY ILLUMINATING IN UNDERSTANDING HOW
ILLNESS AFFECTS THE WHOLE LIVES OF PATIENTS (AS OPPOSED TO SYMPTOM
HISTORIES) AND I WAS INTERESTED IF ANYONE ELSE HAD COME ACROSS
RESEARCH IN THIS AREA OR PARTICULARLY INTERESTING PATHOGRAPHIES.
I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE MANY SUGGESTIONS AND REFERENCES WHICH I WAS GIVEN.
THE FOLLOWING TWO POINTS WILL CERTAINLY INFLUENCE THE DIRECTION OF MY
RESEARCH:

1. SELF-HELP GROUPS ARE THE IDEAL PLACE TO FIND PATHOGRAPHY MATERIALS
AS WELL AS GIVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS PATIENTS REACTIONS TO
READING THEM.
2. PATHOGRAPHIES WRITTEN BY DOCTORS WHO HAVE BECOME ILL AND CROSSED
THE BOUNDARY TO BECOME PATIENTS PROVIDE FASCINATING INSIGHTS INTO THE
WAY ILLNESS IS CONSTRUCTED DIFFERENT ON BOTH SIDES (EG SEE SACKS'S 'A
LEG TO STAND ON')

AMONG THE MANY REFERENCES GIVEN ARE THE FOLLOWING. IF YOU HAVE ANY TO
ADD THEN PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYONE WHO REPLIED.

A) THE SCHIZOPHRENIA FELLOWSHIP OF VICTORIA: 'ALTERED LIVES PERSONAL
EXPERIENCES OF SCHIZOPHRENIA'
B) THE AUDRE LORDE COMPENDIUM ESSAYS, SPEECHES AND JOURNALS (1996)
PANDORA LONDON. THIS BOOK INCLUDES 'THE CANCER JOURNALS' A PERSONAL
ACCOUNT OF AUDRE'S EXPERIENCE WITH BREAST CANCER.
C) ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT ILLNESS, HENRY KISOR'S ACCOUNT OF HIS ACCOMMODATION
TO HIS OWN DEAFNESS AND THE WORLD'S ACCOMMODATION TO HIM AS WELL FITS
YOUR THEME,

LL Issue: 8.288
Date Posted: 27-Feb-1997
Original Query: Read original query