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A central task for all patients is to cope with how major illnesses or injuries change their status. Murphy, an anthropologist, first noticed muscle spasms in 1972 and was eventually diagnosed as having an ependymoma. He describes the gradual "deepening silence" of his body into nearly complete quadriplegia. Suspicious of religion and emotion, his well-established coping patterns are highly intellectual, disciplined, and independent. In the tradition of the participant-observer, The Body Silent moves from self-observation to the social anthropology of disability, the author's struggle against dissolution mirroring that of other disabled people to escape dependency.
Murphy suggests that the disabled's
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The Body Silent.. Ann Intern Med. 1987;107:605-606. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-4-605_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(4):605-606.
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