The Empathy Exams: Essays

The Empathy Exams: Essays Author Leslie Jamison
ISBN-10 1555976719
ISBN-13 9781555976712
Year 2014-04-01
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Graywolf Press
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From personal loss to phantom diseases The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction PrizeA Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014Beginning 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 painreal 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 territoryfrom poverty tourism to phantom diseases street violence to reality television illness to incarcerationin its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace

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