- Tapa dura: 320 páginas
- Editor: The University of North Carolina Press; Edición: New edition (31 de mayo de 2003)
- Colección: Studies in Social Medicine
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0807827916
- ISBN-13: 978-0807827918
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
Bittersweet: Diabetes, Insulin, and the Transformation of Illness (Studies in Social Medicine) (Inglés) Tapa dura – 31 may 2003
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"A consummate study in irony, in the classical sense of the dramatic unfolding of tragic consequences from apparently benign events." -- "British Journal for the History of Science"
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One of medicine's most remarkable therapeutic triumphs was the discovery of insulin in 1921. The drug produced astonishing results, rescuing children and adults from the deadly grip of diabetes. But, as Chris Feudtner demonstrates, the subsequent transformation of the disease from a fatal condition into a chronic illness is a story of success tinged with irony; a revealing saga that illuminates the complex human consequences of medical intervention. ""Bittersweet"" chronicles this history of diabetes through the perspectives of people who lived with the disease. Drawing on a body of letters exchanged between patients or their parents and Dr Elliot P. Joslin and the staff of physicians at his Boston clinic, Feudtner examines the experience of living with diabetes across the 20th century, highlighting changes in treatment and their profound effects on patients' lives. Although focused on juvenile-onset, or Type 1, diabetes, the themes explored have implications for our understanding of adult onset, or Type 2, diabetes, as well as a host of other diseases that, thanks to drugs or medical advances, are being transformed from acute to chronic conditions. The tale of diabetes in the post-insulin era provides an opportunity for exploring the larger questions of how medicine changes our lives.Ver Descripción del producto
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The highlight of this book is the collection of stories of individual patients and families. Drawing from letters and other patient records at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Feudtner vividly details the lives of diabetic patients in the 20th century. Of particular interest is a patient who corresponds with his physicians using self-drawn cartoons, a number of which are included in the book.
While this book will be of special interest to diabetic patients and physicians, I recommend it to any reader intersted in the interplay between modern medicine and the people it aims to serve.