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The Empathy Exams

Essays
  • By Leslie Jamison
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From personal loss to phantom diseases, a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

"A "Publishers Weekly "Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014"

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another's pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain--real and imagined, her own and others'--Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory--from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration--in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781555976712
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9781555976712
    • Publication Date: 04/01/2014
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Leslie Jamison
    • Page Count: 226
    • Width: 5.60 inches
    • Height: 0.70 inches
    • Length: 8.20 inches
    • Weight: 0.70 pounds
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