When Illness Goes Public Celebrity Patients And How We Look at Medicine

When Illness Goes Public Celebrity Patients And How We Look at Medicine
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801884627
  • ISBN: 0801884624
  • Edition: 1
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press


Lerner, Barron H.


Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2007 by Choice MagazineIn When Illness Goes Public, Barron H. Lerner describes how celebrities' illnesses have evolved from private matters to stories of great public interest. Famous symbols of illness include Lou Gehrig, the first "celebrity patient"; Rita Hayworth, whose Alzheimer disease went undiagnosed for years; and Arthur Ashe, who courageously went public with his AIDS diagnosis before the media could reveal his secret. And then there are private citizens like Barney Clark, the first recipient of a permanent artificial heart, and Lorenzo Odone, whose neurological disorder became the subject of a Hollywood film.Marrying great storytelling to an exploration of the intersection of science, journalism, fame, and legend, this book is a groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of health and illness."Lerner has created a powerful prism through his thoughtful exploration of celebrity illness, highlighting societal and cultural forces that widely affect public and private health care decisions... [A] fascinating analysis." -- JAMA"Lerner offers a superb volume rich with thorough and entertaining recollections and other information not previously in the public domain... A clear, concise, and captivating treatise that holds the interest of lay readers and yet illuminates for medical professionals issues that are important to the individual patient as well as the scientific community." -- Journal of Clinical Investigation"Lerner has done a beautiful job of tracing the degree to which celebrity patients have reflected and shaped the modern American understanding of doctors, patients, and illness. This book is a pleasure to read because of its compelling storytelling and analysis." -- New England Journal of Medicine"Engaging and intriguing... Can be enjoyed by a broad public interested in the modern intertwining of the concerns of celebrity and health." -- IsisLerner, Barron H. is the author of 'When Illness Goes Public Celebrity Patients And How We Look at Medicine', published 2006 under ISBN 9780801884627 and ISBN 0801884624.

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