At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness

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Houghton Mifflin, 1991 - Health & Fitness - 144 pages
The author, victim of two serious illnesses, tells us how illness affects us and what it can teach us about life. He explores illness from within: the feeling of being transformed from person to patient, the stigma attached to cancer, the lonely nights of pain, the discovery of wonderment at the body despite its failings. He leads us to examine our own instincts and impulses and tells us that illness must be recognized, talked about, and shared.

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Within two years, Frank experienced life-threatening illness twice: a heart attack at age 39 and cancer at 40. These crises motivated him to write "a letter to his younger self'' before he was made ... Read full review


Becoming Ill
Illness as Incident
Mourning What Is Lost

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Arthur W. Frank received the Natalie Davis Spingarn Writer's Award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship in 1996. He teaches at the University of Calgary.

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