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When Illness Goes Public: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine

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Steve McQueen had cancer and was keeping it secret. Then the media found out, and soon all of America knew. McQueen's high profile changed forever the way the public perceived a dreaded disease.

In When Illness Goes Public, Barron H. Lerner describes the evolution of celebrities' illnesses from private matters to stories of great public interest. Famous people who have become symbols of illness include Lou Gehrig, the first celebrity patient; Rita Hayworth, whose Alzheimer disease went undiagnosed for years; and Arthur Ashe, who courageously went public with his AIDS diagnosis before the media could reveal his secret. And then there are private citizens like Barney Clark, the first recipient of a permanent artificial heart, and Lorenzo Odone, whose neurological disorder became the subject of a Hollywood film.

While celebrity illnesses have helped to inform patients about treatment options, ethical controversies, and scientific proof, the stories surrounding these illnesses have also assumed mythical characteristics that may be misleading. Marrying great storytelling to an exploration of the intersection of science, journalism, fame, and legend, this book is a groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of health and illness.

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"In dissecting the illnesses of these famous people, Dr. Lerner brilliantly separates science from the mythologized, bravely battling celebrity. Riveting reading." Lynn Redgrave and Annabel Clark, authors of Journal: A Mother and Daughter's Recovery from Breast Cancer

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"It's odd: When a celebrity falls ill, the illness becomes a celebrity, and public life democratized is made generally useful. Barron Lerner has created a fascinating book of this original observation." Roger Rosenblatt

Review:

"Celebrities yapping about what ails them wasn't always common, however, and Lerner believes that its prevalence now indicates cultural changes worth noting....Insightful analysis." Booklist

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"A readable and thoroughly researched book." British Medical Journal

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"Lerner has created a powerful prism through his thoughtful exploration of celebrity illness, highlighting societal and cultural forces that widely affect public and private health care decisions....Lerner's skills are superbly demonstrated in detailing complicated stories...fascinating analysis." JAMA

Review:

"Lerner offers a superb volume rich with thorough and entertaining recollections and other information not previously in the public domain...a clear, concise, and captivating treatise that holds the interest of lay readers and yet illuminates for medical professionals issues that are important to the individual patient as well as the scientific community." Journal of Clinical Investigation

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"Barron Lerner has done a beautiful job of tracing the degree to which celebrity patients have reflected and shaped the modern American understanding of doctors, patients, and illness. This book is a pleasure to read because of its compelling storytelling and analysis." New England Journal of Medicine

Book News Annotation:

Dr. Lerner (medicine and public health, Columbia U.) relates the stories of 13 famous patients, some already famous and others whose experiences caught public attention. These patients include Lou Gehrig (whose name became eponymous with a disease), Barney Clark (recipient of the first permanent artificial heart), Lorenzo Odone (subject of the movie Lorenzo's Oil), and AIDS activists. The award-winning health writer explores such issues as why media coverage of such people has increased so dramatically, the accuracy of these accounts, the right to privacy, and how representative these patients are of their disorder.
Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Dr. Lerner (medicine and public health, Columbia U.) relates the stories of 13 famous patients, some already famous and others whose experiences caught public attention. These patients include Lou Gehrig (whose name became eponymous with a disease), Barney Clark (recipient of the first permanent artificial heart), Lorenzo Odone (subject of the movie Lorenzo's Oil), and AIDS activists. The award-winning health writer explores such issues as why media coverage of such people has increased so dramatically, the accuracy of these accounts, the right to privacy, and how representative these patients are of their disorder. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

While celebrity illnesses have helped to inform patients about treatment options, ethical controversies, and scientific proof, the stories surrounding these illnesses have also assumed mythical characteristics that may be misleading. Marrying great storytelling to an exploration of the intersection of science, journalism, fame, and legend, Barron H. Lerner describes the evolution of celebrities' illnesses from private matters to stories of great public interest.

About the Author

Barron H. Lerner is a physician and the Angelica Berrie-Gold Foundation Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Columbia University. He is the author of Contagion and Confinement, also published by Johns Hopkins, and The Breast Cancer Wars, winner of the 2006 William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine and named a notable book by the American Library Association.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801884627
Author:
Lerner, Barron H., M.d.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Author:
Lerner, Barron H.
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
Health Care Delivery
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
334
Dimensions:
9.14x6.36x1.07 in. 1.38 lbs.

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Biography » Rich and Famous
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » History of Medicine
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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Product details 334 pages Johns Hopkins University Press - English 9780801884627 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In dissecting the illnesses of these famous people, Dr. Lerner brilliantly separates science from the mythologized, bravely battling celebrity. Riveting reading." Lynn Redgrave and Annabel Clark, authors of Journal: A Mother and Daughter's Recovery from Breast Cancer
"Review" by , "It's odd: When a celebrity falls ill, the illness becomes a celebrity, and public life democratized is made generally useful. Barron Lerner has created a fascinating book of this original observation."
"Review" by , "Celebrities yapping about what ails them wasn't always common, however, and Lerner believes that its prevalence now indicates cultural changes worth noting....Insightful analysis."
"Review" by , "A readable and thoroughly researched book."
"Review" by , "Lerner has created a powerful prism through his thoughtful exploration of celebrity illness, highlighting societal and cultural forces that widely affect public and private health care decisions....Lerner's skills are superbly demonstrated in detailing complicated stories...fascinating analysis."
"Review" by , "Lerner offers a superb volume rich with thorough and entertaining recollections and other information not previously in the public domain...a clear, concise, and captivating treatise that holds the interest of lay readers and yet illuminates for medical professionals issues that are important to the individual patient as well as the scientific community."
"Review" by , "Barron Lerner has done a beautiful job of tracing the degree to which celebrity patients have reflected and shaped the modern American understanding of doctors, patients, and illness. This book is a pleasure to read because of its compelling storytelling and analysis."
"Synopsis" by , While celebrity illnesses have helped to inform patients about treatment options, ethical controversies, and scientific proof, the stories surrounding these illnesses have also assumed mythical characteristics that may be misleading. Marrying great storytelling to an exploration of the intersection of science, journalism, fame, and legend, Barron H. Lerner describes the evolution of celebrities' illnesses from private matters to stories of great public interest.
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