Match These Quotes to Famous Medical Books

Ariel Harsinay


July 30, 2018

The answer is A. Illness as a Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors by Susan Sontag

This book was written by writer and activist Susan Sontag in 1978. She wrote Illness as Metaphor while undergoing cancer treatment herself, which allowed her to offer personal insight into diseases and the myths that surround various ailments. These myths cause patients with these illnesses greater suffering, Sontag says, and believes that tearing down the stigmas that surround diseases will help improve treatment and form the mindset of disease as simply an illness rather than a punishment or something to feel shame for. Sontag breaks down Western conceptions of illness and specifically applies them to the AIDS epidemic, which was spreading rapidly at that time but often ignored, by the government and AIDS patients themselves, because of the culture of shame of the time.[26,27]


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