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My Imaginary Illness
Author: Chloe G. K. Atkins

ISBN: 9780801448874
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 15 November 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.44 x 15.49 x 2.29
Description:
"My Imaginary Illness recounts a lengthy struggle that includes many failures of efforts to diagnose and treat a strange and increasingly debilitating disease by clinicians both kind and empathic and distant to the point of hostility. Yet it is not a vehicle for `doctor-bashing' or bitterness. Rather it is a tale of perseverance and problem solving that reveals along the way some worrisome fault lines in our healthcare culture and the strains in current Professional training models and work conditions that underlie them."---from the Foreword by Bonnic Blair O'Connor

Atage twenty-one, Chloe G. K. Atkins began suffering from a mysterious illness, the symptoms of which rapidly worsened. Paralyzed for months at a time, she frequently required intubation and life support. She eventually became quadriplegic, dependent both on a wheelchair and on health professionals who refused to believe there was anything physically wrong with her. When test after test returned inconclusive results, Atkins's doctors pronounced her symptoms psychosomatic. Atkins was told not only that she was going to die but also that this was her own fault; they concluded...

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