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In The Country Of Illness: Comfort and Advice for the Journey

Lipsyte, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0679431829 / ISBN 13: 9780679431824
Published by New York, Knopf 1998, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Ed. Fine in like dust jacket. Author's account of his and his wife's cancer in an attempt to help people cope with serious illness. SIGNED & inscribed by the Author on title page. Psychology, Medicine, Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 001139

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Title: In The Country Of Illness: Comfort and ...

Publisher: New York, Knopf 1998

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The author guides readers through the country of illness, a land with its own customs and power structure. He draws on his own and family members' experiences with cancer and the experiences of those he has met on his beat as a journalist, and offers advice on dealing with doctors and hospital staff, understanding hospitalspeak, and handling health insurance matters. He offers humor and optimism and encourages celebrating progress at every stage. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Robert Lipsyte had it all: a happy marriage, two healthy children, a successful career as a big-city journalist. He also had the first signs of testicular cancer, diagnosed with the disease at age 40. So begins Lipsyte's memoir of living with cancer--and almost dying of it on several occasions. Lipsyte names this strange land of cancer, doctors, and hospitals "Malady." It is a place outside the realm of everyday existence, which Lipsyte first experienced "on a deluxe package tour"; he wouldn't check out of Malady for three weeks. This isn't a philosophical book. Lipsyte doesn't ask "Why me?" It is instead a book of learning to live with cancer and facing mortality. Lipsyte, someone who has not only lived with cancer himself but watched as cancer consumed his beloved ex-wife (the disease took its toll on his marriage as well as his health), offers solid, sensible advice.

Into the Country of Illness is an unconventional read, juxtaposing cancer and humor, or, more appropriately, what Lipsyte terms "tumor humor." Although this is an uncomfortable concept, Lipsyte regards humor as a "chemotherapy for the spirit," necessary to deal with the awfulness of this horrible disease. This is an enlightening book on the darkest of subjects.

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