The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness
ISBN: 1594633797
EAN13: 9781594633799
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 1, 2022
Pages: 336
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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   Interesting topic, but too much political correctness
The author has to talk about systemic racism and how she is a privileged white woman in this book, which may make me stop reading. She is starting to sound like a caricature. She is trying too hard in her writing and it is over the top. I feel like I am reading a Victorian novel and she needs a couch. The medical aspect of it is quite good, but it will probably be the last novel of hers I read.
 
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   A must read for so many people
I heard the author on Fresh Air and knew I had to get this book. I was up late last night reading. I've never felt this way before. The author explains how Western medicine does a poor job of diagnosis and how many of us are left feeling invisible and go without proper treatment. She said that when you're at the edge of medical knowledge, the lack of evidence is treated as evidence that the problem is you and your mind. I think there will be many people who will relate to her story and find hope in the new ways we can all talk about illness and give better support to one another, because of the beautifully written book.
 
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   Nope. Grab Your Tenure Not My Coins
Context should be fair. 300,000 people are in a community of 300,000. Toxic waste from oil industries are creating pollution. There is a 1ft rheumtologist in the area. He doesn't allow his staff to answer office phones. You can leave a message and it will be returned within 72 hours. No one can enter the office without escort. The staff will call the police if they see patients. Large group of desperate chronic illness patients. There is a lot of auto immune illness. The disease is 27% higher than other locations. I had to become a patient advocate. The book didn't add any useful information to manage the struggle. It was written in a dull academic fashion with no payoff after the effort. To read the entire thing, you have to read every single word. I know more about this topic than the author. Very sad.
 
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   Gives a voice to so many
This is a beautiful book and O'Rourke's personal story and research gave me more insight into what many family members are going through. Highly recommend this read for chronic illness sufferers as well as their friends and families.
 
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