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May 27, 1998

Society and DiseaseMaking Sense of Illness: Science, Society, and Disease

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;279(20):1665-1666. doi:10.1001/jama.279.20.1665-JBK0527-6-1

Robert A. Aronowitz has written a challenging and most interesting short book perhaps best characterized as medical historicosociologic in scope. Specifically, Aronowitz has examined several illnesses in light of the historical development of their diagnostic and pathophysiologic understanding and society's and the stricken patient's perception of them.

Four diseases are discussed in depth: ulcerative colitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, and angina pectoris/coronary artery disease. Let us look at the presentation for one of these entities.

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