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The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine$
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Eric J. Cassell

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156164

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156164.001.0001

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The Illness Called Dying

The Illness Called Dying

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(p.243) 14 The Illness Called Dying
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The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine
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Eric J. Cassell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156164.003.0014

This chapter discusses dying. It presents two cases of women who have breast cancer which demonstrate that there are meanings attached to the visible symbols of a disease or illness. Some of these meanings are related to the ideas of powerlessness.

Keywords:   dying, breast cancer, meanings, visible symbols, powerlessness

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