This memoir was fascinating and I could hardly put it down. There are three reasons for this. The first one is that as a medical sociologist, I am always interested in the intersection between the personal experience of health and illness and the health care institutions as well as other structures in society. Second, I like good stories about overcoming adversity. And third, I found the exercise the author undertakes to make sense of her own experience in terms of academic interests, namely English literature and queer studies.
The author suffered a spinal cord injury in a bicycle accident a few days after her 50th birthday. She had to learn to live with serious physical limitations and severe chronic pain, as well as to renegotiate relationships and the world of work, following her accident.
Crosby, Christina. A Body, Undone: Living On after Great Pain. New York University Press, New York, 2016.
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