STROKE: A Memoir

The Patient's Side of Healing

by Arthur Niehoff



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 01/02/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 164
ISBN : 9780759655607

About the Book

In the age of scientific medicine we live long lives. But still most of us sooner or later face serious illnesses for which we seek cures. Nowadays we believe that curing comes about from a sharing of responsibilities by the medical specialist and the patient. Moreover we now realize that being sick is a social event.

The scientific aspects of curing have been well described by the specialists. By comparison descriptions of illnesses as social events happening to individuals are rare. However the patient’s contribution to the healing process may be crucial.

And so Stroke! A Memoir gives a description from the patient’s viewpoint of the healing process, written by the patient after he recovered.

About the Author

Dr. Arthur Niehoff has been an anthropologist for 50 years. He got his B.A. at Indiana University and his Ph.D., at Columbia with some difficulty, both in cultural anthropology. He has done field work in most parts of the world and has published many articles and books. He has also made several documentary films. He was a Fulbright scholar in India and has been a consultant to many national and international agencies, including the American Agency for International Development and the United Nations. He worked as a village development advisor in Laos for the Agency for International Development in 1959-1961. He was a museum curator at the Milwaukee Public Museum for eight years. He has taught anthropology at the American University, George Washington University, the University of Wisconsin and California State University, Los Angeles for about 40 years. Since retirement he has been writing and publishing popular books in anthropology and history to explain in easy-to-read style how humankind got the way it is. Also he has written two books on health and fitness since becoming a senior himself. Overall, in order to put pleasure into learning his writing combines narrative with explanation and emphasizes clarity and simplicity.