Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors
Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

In l978 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 the 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 highly curable, if good treatment is found early enough. 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 published together as Illness as Metaphor and Aids and Its Metaphors have been translated in many languages all over the world, and continue to have enormous impact and influence on the thinking of medical professionals and, above all, on the lives of many thousands of patients and caregivers.

Title Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors
Author Susan Sontag
Publisher Picador
Title First Published 25 August 2001
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 192 p.
ISBN-10 0312420137
ISBN-13 9780312420130
Publication Date 25 August 2001
Main content page count 192
Weight 16 oz.

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