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Books, Journals, New Media
October 28, 1998

DisabilityNothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment

Author Affiliations
 

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

 

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by James I. Charlton, 197 pp, $27.50, ISBN 0-520-20795-5, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;280(16):1456-1457. doi:10.1001/jama.280.16.1456-JBK1028-4-1

The title of this book, a slogan in South Africa, should make health professionals rethink their practices and philosophy of health care. The book is one that medical students and their teachers need to read, discuss, and incorporate into the curriculum. It is of particular interest to professionals who rehabilitate people with chronic disabilities.

The author argues strongly for a philosophy that regards people with disabilities as part and parcel of regular society, a society in which one can expect everyone to have differences. Some people with disabilities live a good life, some a bad life, like people without disabilities. Disability is not unlike other struggles in life. It is something the person can overcome, even make the most of, or become devastated by. Like any other person facing challenges in society, people with disabilities can choose to take up their challenges or not.

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