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Incurable and Intolerable looks at the history of incurable illness from a variety of perspectives, including doctors, patients, families, religious counsel, and policy makers. This compellingly documented history illuminates the physical, emotional, social, and existential consequences of chronic disease and terminal illness, and offers an original look at the world of palliative medicine, politics, religion, and charity. Jason Szabo encourages a more careful scrutiny of today's attitudes, policies, and practices surrounding "imminent death" and its effects on society.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1: “What Are His Chances, Doctor?”: The Semantics of Incurability in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 15-36
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  1. 2: Reinventing Hope in the Late Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 37-57
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  1. 3: “I Told You So”: The Rhyme and Reason of Chronic Disease
  2. pp. 58-69
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  1. 4: Death, Decay, and the Genesis of Shame
  2. pp. 70-89
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  1. 5: Medical Attitudes toward the Care of Incurables
  2. pp. 90-112
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  1. 6: Medical Strategies, Social Conventions, and Palliative Medicine
  2. pp. 113-135
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  1. 7: Ecce Homo: Opiates, Suffering, and the Art of Palliation
  2. pp. 136-158
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  1. 8: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Incurability and the Quest for Goodness
  2. pp. 159-174
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  1. 9: The Fate of the Incurably Ill between the Two Revolutions, 1789–1848
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. 10: Caught between Initiative and Inertia: Responses to the Incurably Ill from 1845 to 1905
  2. pp. 197-215
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 216-221
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-276
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 277-287
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-295
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 297
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813547107
Related ISBN
9780813545455
MARC Record
OCLC
647759063
Pages
310
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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