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The Distressed Body: Rethinking Illness, Imprisonment, and Healing

Drew Leder


This volume uses phenomenological and hermeneutical tools to look at “distressed bodies” – including the experiences and treatment of sick patients, prisoners, and animals. These groups are challenged both by processes from within (the sick body) and outside (social exclusion and objectification). The book draws on literary examples such as Sophocles’ Philoctetes, the author’s own struggles with chronic pain, and clinical and philosophical sources, to understand the many ways illness can shatter one’s life world. This leads to a critical and visionary re-examination of treatment modalities, su ... More

Keywords: illness, pain, medicine, bioethics, imprisonment, organ transplants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226396071
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226396248.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Drew Leder, author
Loyola University Maryland