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The Distressed Body: Rethinking Illness, Imprisonment, and Healing

The Distressed Body: Rethinking Illness, Imprisonment, and Healing

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Bodily pain and distress come in many forms. They can well up from within at times of serious illness, but the body can also be subjected to harsh treatment from outside.  Health care systems can be cold and depersonalized, with much worse conditions experienced by prisoners in our age of mass incarceration, and by animals trapped in our factory farms and laboratories. In this pioneering book, Drew Leder offers bold new ways to rethink how we create and treat distress, clearing the way for more humane social practices.
Leder draws on literary examples, clinical and philosophical sources, his medical training, and his own struggle with chronic pain. He levies a challenge to the capitalist and Cartesian models that rule modern medicine. Similarly, he looks at the root paradigms of our penitentiary and factory farm systems and the way these produce distressed bodies, asking how such institutions can be reformed. Writing with coauthors ranging from a prominent cardiologist to long-term inmates, he explores alternative environments that can better humanize—even spiritualize—the way we treat one another, offering a very different vision of medical, criminal justice, and food systems. Ultimately Leder proposes not just new answers to important bio-ethical questions but new ways of questioning accepted concepts and practices.



Part 1   Illness and Treatment: Phenomenological Investigations
1          Rethinking Illness: Philoctetes’ Exile
2          Rethinking Pain: The Paradoxical Problem
3          Rethinking Touch: How Then Does It Heal?
4          Rethinking Pills: Fantasies, Realities, Possibilities
5          Rethinking Clinical Practice: Toward a More Materialistic Medicine
Part 2   Medicine and Bioethics: Hermeneutical Reflections
6          Rethinking Diagnosis: The Many Texts of Medicine
7          Rethinking Bioethics: Questioning Our Answers—and Our Questions
8          Rethinking Organ Transplants: Whose Body, What Body?
Part 3   Discarded and Recovered Bodies: Animals and Prisoners
9          Rethinking Factory Farms: Old McDonald’s Had a What?
10        Rethinking Imprisonment: The Life-World of the Incarcerated
11        Rethinking Prisons: The Enlightened (and Endarkened) Prison
12        Rethinking Prisoners and Animals: “They’re Animals” and Their Animals
13        Rethinking Humans and/as Animals: The Art of Shape-Shifting

Author: Drew Leder is an MD and professor of Western and Eastern philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. He is the author or editor of many books. 

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226396101

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