The Distressed Body
Rethinking Illness, Imprisonment, and Healing
Leder draws on literary examples, clinical and philosophical sources, his medical training, and his own struggle with chronic pain. He levies a challenge to the capitalist and Cartesian models that rule modern medicine. Similarly, he looks at the root paradigms of our penitentiary and factory farm systems and the way these produce distressed bodies, asking how such institutions can be reformed. Writing with coauthors ranging from a prominent cardiologist to long-term inmates, he explores alternative environments that can better humanize—even spiritualize—the way we treat one another, offering a very different vision of medical, criminal justice, and food systems. Ultimately Leder proposes not just new answers to important bioethical questions but new ways of questioning accepted concepts and practices.
Part 1 Illness and Treatment: Phenomenological Investigations
1 Rethinking Illness: Philoctetes’ Exile
2 Rethinking Pain: The Paradoxical Problem
3 Rethinking Touch: How Then Does It Heal?
4 Rethinking Pills: Fantasies, Realities, Possibilities
5 Rethinking Clinical Practice: Toward a More Materialistic Medicine
Part 2 Medicine and Bioethics: Hermeneutical Reflections
6 Rethinking Diagnosis: The Many Texts of Medicine
7 Rethinking Bioethics: Questioning Our Answers—and Our Questions
8 Rethinking Organ Transplants: Whose Body, What Body?
Part 3 Discarded and Recovered Bodies: Animals and Prisoners
9 Rethinking Factory Farms: Old McDonald’s Had a What?
10 Rethinking Imprisonment: The Life-World of the Incarcerated
11 Rethinking Prisons: The Enlightened (and Endarkened) Prison
12 Rethinking Prisoners and Animals: “They’re Animals” and Their Animals
13 Rethinking Humans and/as Animals: The Art of Shape-Shifting