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Emily Wells

Autor(a) de A Matter of Appearance: A Memoir

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A Matter of Appearance by Emily Wells is a memoir that highlights both her personal journey with chronic pain through the healthcare system and the long-held, and mostly mistaken, perceptions of chronic pain through the ages. Each of these serve to make the other more real and immediate.

The medical profession has long been biased, often simply because of what people and conditions they have chosen to investigate, against certain health issues. More often than not this has entailed discounting, to put it mildly, female accounts of what they themselves are experiencing. Even acknowledging that a doctor can't treat what they can't diagnose, we are still left with what is often an unwillingness to explore symptoms and instead to claim a strictly psychological basis. These biases are illustrated throughout this book, even by those who truly want to help.

The referencing of history, psychology, and literature never feels heavy-handed and actually helps to put in words many of the experiences Wells went, and is still going, through. They show that her struggle to understand what was/is happening within her own body is not an isolated struggle. Hope does make a showing here, and one has to wonder how long, once we finally start taking a patient's complaints seriously, it will be before we get more explanations for what people suffer through.

I would recommend this to readers who enjoy memoirs in general. I think those who like to look at a single life in relation to those who have traveled similar paths in the past will find even more to appreciate here.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via Edelweiss.
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