What is illness? Is it a physiological dysfunction, a social label, or a way of experiencing the world? How do the physical, social and emotional worlds of a person change when they become ill? And can there be well-being within illness? In this remarkable and thought-provoking book, Havi Carel explores these questions by weaving together the personal story of her own serious illness with insights and reflections drawn from her work as a philosopher. Carel's fresh approach to illness raises some uncomfortable questions about how we all - whether healthcare professionals or not - view the ill and challenges us to become more thoughtful. 'Illness' unravels the tension between the universality of illness and its intensely private, often lonely, nature. It offers a new way of looking at a matter that affects every one of us.
HAVI CAREL is Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol. She is co-editor of 'Health, Illness and Disease' (Acumen, 2012), amongst other works. She continues to live with the rare and potentially fatal lung disease, Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM).
Introduction 1. The body in illness 2. The social world 3. Illness as dis-ability and health within illness 4. Fearing death 5. Living in the present