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Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag
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Nov 02, 08

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Read in November, 2008

"Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance. [...] The disease itself becomes a metaphor." - pg. 58

That about sums it up.

In this book, Sontag compares attitudes about tuberculosis in the 19th century to attitudes about cancer in the 20th century. Fascinating stuff.

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Allison Something about her really pisses me off. It's completely irrational and I'm not even sure what it is. I tried to slog through one of her books over the summer, and "slog" is the exact word.

Maybe it's the writing style?

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