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The Resource My imaginary illness : a journey into uncertainty and prejudice in medical diagnosis, Chloë G.K. Atkins ; with a clinical commentary by Brian David Hodges ; foreword by Bonnie Blair O'Connor

My imaginary illness : a journey into uncertainty and prejudice in medical diagnosis, Chloë G.K. Atkins ; with a clinical commentary by Brian David Hodges ; foreword by Bonnie Blair O'Connor

Label
My imaginary illness : a journey into uncertainty and prejudice in medical diagnosis
Title
My imaginary illness
Title remainder
a journey into uncertainty and prejudice in medical diagnosis
Statement of responsibility
Chloë G.K. Atkins ; with a clinical commentary by Brian David Hodges ; foreword by Bonnie Blair O'Connor
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
At age twenty-one, Chloë Atkins began suffering from a mysterious illness, the symptoms of which rapidly worsened. Paralyzed for months at a time, she frequently required intubation and life support. She eventually became quadriplegic, dependent both on a wheelchair and on health professionals who refused to believe there was anything physically wrong with her. When test after test returned inconclusive results, Atkins's doctors pronounced her symptoms psychosomatic. Atkins was told not only that she was going to die but also that this was her own fault; they concluded she was so emotionally deranged that she was willing her own death. My Imaginary Illness is the compelling story of Atkins's decades-long battle with a disease deemed imaginary, her frustration with a succession of doctors and diagnoses, her immersion in the world of psychotherapy, and her excruciating physical and emotional journey back to wellness. As both a political theorist and patient, Atkins provides a narrative critique of contemporary medicine and its problematic handling of uncertainty and of symptoms that are not easily diagnosed or known. She convincingly illustrates that medicine's belief in evidence-based practice does not mean that individual doctors are capable of objectivity, nor that the presence of biomedical ethics invokes ethical practices in hospitals and clinics. A foreword by Bonnie Blair O'Connor, who teaches medical students how to listen to patients, and a clinical commentary by Dr. Brian David Hodges, a professor of psychiatry, enrich the book's narrative with practical guidance for medical practitioners and patients alike
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Cataloging source
E7B
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1965-
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Atkins, Chloë G. K.
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1964-
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Hodges, Brian David
Series statement
The culture and politics of health care work. How patients think
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Somatization disorder
  • Diagnosis
  • MEDICAL
  • HEALTH & FITNESS
  • MEDICAL
  • MEDICAL
  • MEDICAL
  • MEDICAL
  • Diagnosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Somatoform Disorders
Label
My imaginary illness : a journey into uncertainty and prejudice in medical diagnosis, Chloë G.K. Atkins ; with a clinical commentary by Brian David Hodges ; foreword by Bonnie Blair O'Connor
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings -- The original crisis -- Facing uncertainty -- Ontological apprehensions -- Diagnosis : conversion reaction -- Credo -- More paralysis and more psychological remedies -- A pyrrhic victory -- Becoming a pariah -- Fire! fire! -- Love in the midst of ruin -- Grasping at a diagnosis, hoping for a cure -- The crisis deepens -- Contemplating hemlock -- Icarus -- A crisis, American style -- Gravy
Control code
ocn726824298
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxxi, 212 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801459948
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9780801459948
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4r7fc
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824298
Label
My imaginary illness : a journey into uncertainty and prejudice in medical diagnosis, Chloë G.K. Atkins ; with a clinical commentary by Brian David Hodges ; foreword by Bonnie Blair O'Connor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings -- The original crisis -- Facing uncertainty -- Ontological apprehensions -- Diagnosis : conversion reaction -- Credo -- More paralysis and more psychological remedies -- A pyrrhic victory -- Becoming a pariah -- Fire! fire! -- Love in the midst of ruin -- Grasping at a diagnosis, hoping for a cure -- The crisis deepens -- Contemplating hemlock -- Icarus -- A crisis, American style -- Gravy
Control code
ocn726824298
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxxi, 212 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801459948
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9780801459948
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4r7fc
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824298

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