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Out of Joint: A Private and Public Story of Arthritis (American Lives)

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She begins, in the morning, by casing her joints: Can her ankles take the stairs? Will her fingers open a jar? Peel an orange? But it was not always this way for Mary Felstiner, who went to bed one night an active professional and healthy young mother, and woke the next morning literally out of joint. With wrists and elbows no longer working right, shed discovered one of the first signs of rheumatoid arthritis, the most virulent form of a common disease. Out of Joint is her account of living through arthritis, a distinction she shares with seventy million Americans.
 
While arthritis pain affects one out of three Americans, this book is the first to tell the personal story of the nations most common yet neglected disease. Part memoir, part medical and social history, Out of Joint folds the authors private experience into far-reaching investigations of a socially hidden ailment and of any chronic condition—how to handle love, work, sexuality, fatigue, betrayal, pain, time, mortality, rights, myths, and memory. Moving from the 1940s to the present, this story of one life with arthritis exposes little-known medical research and provocative social issues: alarming controversies over arthritis miracle drugs, intense demands concerning disability, and the surprising and disproportionate number of women affected by chronic illness. From this prize-winning historian comes a call for healing through history, a moving meditation on the way chronic conditions can be treated by enlisting the past.

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Mary Felstiner went to bed one night an active professional and healthy young mother and woke the next morning literally out of joint. With hands and arms no longer working right, she had discovered a first sign of rheumatoid arthritis, the virulent form of a common disease. Although arthritis attacks one in three Americans, Out of Joint is the first book to tell both the personal and the public story of this prevalent yet neglected disease.
 
Part memoir, part medical and social history, Felstiner’s book weaves her private experience into far-reaching investigations of a socially hidden ailment, exposing little-known medical research and provocative social issues. It also explores the challenges of any chronic condition—how one handles love, work, sexuality, fatigue, betrayal, pain, time, mortality, rights, myths, and memory. This story of one woman living with arthritis is a moving meditation on the way chronic conditions can be treated by enlisting the past.

About the Author

Mary Felstiner is a professor of history at San Francisco State University and the author of To Paint Her Life: Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803260290
Author:
Felstiner, Mary Lowenthal
Publisher:
Bison Books
Author:
Felstiner, Mary
Subject:
Diseases - Musculoskeletal
Subject:
Physical Impairments
Subject:
Health
Subject:
Rheumatoid arthritis
Subject:
Felstiner, Mary Lowenthal - Health
Subject:
Rheumatoid arthritis -- Patients.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Illnesses
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
American Lives
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 phtotographs
Pages:
222
Dimensions:
8.75 x 5.75 in 0.65 lb

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Mary Felstiner went to bed one night an active professional and healthy young mother and woke the next morning literally out of joint. With hands and arms no longer working right, she had discovered a first sign of rheumatoid arthritis, the virulent form of a common disease. Although arthritis attacks one in three Americans, Out of Joint is the first book to tell both the personal and the public story of this prevalent yet neglected disease.
 
Part memoir, part medical and social history, Felstiner’s book weaves her private experience into far-reaching investigations of a socially hidden ailment, exposing little-known medical research and provocative social issues. It also explores the challenges of any chronic condition—how one handles love, work, sexuality, fatigue, betrayal, pain, time, mortality, rights, myths, and memory. This story of one woman living with arthritis is a moving meditation on the way chronic conditions can be treated by enlisting the past.
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