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A Complex Sorrow - Reflections on Cancer and an Abbreviated Life (Hardcover, New) Loot Price: R1,355 Discovery Miles 13 550

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A Complex Sorrow - Reflections on Cancer and an Abbreviated Life (Hardcover, New): Marianne A. Paget
A Complex Sorrow - Reflections on Cancer and an Abbreviated Life (Hardcover, New): Marianne A. Paget

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A Complex Sorrow - Reflections on Cancer and an Abbreviated Life (Hardcover, New)

Marianne A. Paget; Volume editing by Marjorie L. DeVault

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In 1988, Marianne Paget published The Unity of Mistakes: A Phenomenological Interpretation of Medical Work (Temple) in which she argued that error is an intrinsic feature of medicine - an experimental and uncertain activity. Her subsequent research focused on medical negligence and on miscommunication and silence as a cause and product of error in medicine. While pursuing her research on negligence, she found out that she was an example of it. Chronic back pain that had been misdiagnosed as muscle spasms turned out to be a symptom of a rare and fatal cancer that claimed Paget's life in December 1989. This collection of her personal and professional writings on the phenomenon of error in medicine chronicles a young scholar's courageous struggle to make sense of a tragic coincidence. Discovering that she was living the charged and painful topic that she had studied so deeply, Paget wrote poignantly and analytically until the last week of her life about this uncanny parallel. "It is very tricky to come to terms with the reality of death without becoming trapped in that reality", wrote "Tracy" Paget to her friends. In this book, she describes "the odd way my life began to mirror my work"; her search for "life rites" when faced with tasks involving wills, last rites, and farewells; and her indomitable and forthright attempt to remain intensely alive in the face of death. A Complex Sorrow, her final project, comprises essays, letters, and a journal recording her last year. Ever critical of the distanced and dispassionate stance taken in much social analysis, Paget had experimented with performance as a form for enlivening social science research. The script for her play, "The Work of Talk",about communication problems between a physician and his cancer patient, is also included. Her compelling life-text speaks to those living with illness and those who care for and about them, as well as to social scientists committed to the investigation and representation of lived experience.


Imprint: Temple University Press,U.S.
Country of origin: United States
Release date: April 1993
First published: April 1993
Authors: Marianne A. Paget
Volume editors: Marjorie L. DeVault
Dimensions: 219 x 149 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-1-56639-041-5
Barcode: 9781566390415
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Psychology
Books > Social sciences > Psychology > General
Books > Medicine > General issues > Health systems & services
Books > Medicine > General issues > Health systems & services > General
LSN: 1-56639-041-9

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