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April 22/29, 1998

Cancer and Culture: Teratologies: A Cultural Study of Cancer

Author Affiliations

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


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JAMA. 1998;279(16):1317-1318. doi:10.1001/jama.279.16.1317-JBK0422-4-1

This book is at once a personal narrative of a woman who faced her own cancerous "monsters" and a scholarly analysis of philosophy, sociology, and anthropology in light of the various approaches to health care, most specifically, the care of a person with cancer.

Teratologies: A Cultural Study of Cancer focuses on the ways in which contemporary society perceives, experiences, and theorizes the disease defined as cancer. Stacey, a senior lecturer at Lancaster University, UK, uses her own experience with cancer in her examination of our metaphors for explaining the reality of the disease. At age 32, she was diagnosed with a rare form of teratoma. Her experiences with the disease include conflicting metaphors from various professionals.