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The Social Course of Epilepsy

Arthur Kleinman

in Writing at the Margin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1997 | ISBN: 9780520209657
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919471 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520209657.003.0007
The Social Course of Epilepsy

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This chapter discusses epilepsy and chronic illness as social experience in interior China, first addressing the fact that epilepsy is a relatively new focus for research in international health. It presents some facts about epilepsy in Chinese society, before explaining the main purpose of the study, which was to examine the collective experience of epilepsy sufferers in poor interior regions of China that reflect the social conditions of most of the people in the country. The chapter also explains how epilepsy can be best regarded as possessing a social course.

Keywords: epilepsy; chronic illness; social experience; social course; Chinese society; collective experience; social conditions

Chapter.  8480 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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