Out of Joint: A Private & Public Story of Arthritis

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U of Nebraska Press, Sep 1, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 222 pages
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, she?d 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 nation?s most common yet neglected disease. Part memoir, part medical and social history, Out of Joint folds the author?s 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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Contents

Shock 1969
3
Tops 195969
12
Fatigue 197174
20
Promises 197576
27
Alternatives 1979
33
Inflammation 198084
41
Immunity 1985
47
Shame 1986
52
Wonder 194149
110
Falsehood 195059
120
Pain 196068
128
Stress 1997
132
Family 1997
139
Partners 1998
145
Time 1998
149
Revolution 1999
159

Stiffness 1987
56
Distrust 198788
61
Morbidity 1988
66
Mortality 1989
71
Access 1993
81
Despair 1993
85
Moves 199495
89
Truths 1996
100
Pieces 199697
106
Rights 1999
169
Hands iggg
174
Healing
183
Retrospect
202
Afterword
205
Notes
209
Resources
221
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Mary Felstiner is professor emerita at San Francisco State University, a visiting professor of history at Stanford University, and the prize-winning author of To Paint Her Life: Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era.

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