Anatole Broyard, long-time book critic, book review editor, and essayist for the New York Times, wants to be remembered. He will be, with this collection of. 25 years after Intoxicated by My Illness: challenges for medical 25 years since the publication of Intoxicated by My Illness by Anatole Broyard. Intoxicated by My Illness: And Other Writings on Life and Death. Anatole Broyard, Author, Oliver W. Sacks, Foreword by Clarkson N Potter Publishers $18 (0p).

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His literary sensibility was ignited, his mind flooded with image and metaphor, and he decided to employ these intuitive gifts to light his way into the darkness of his disease and its treatment.

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Other sections are repetitive and fragmentary. I wish I had copies to give away to family and friends, as they need it. Misogynist undertones but some of his descriptions of illness experiences and doctor-patient encounters are so eloquently crafted. Apr 22, Loren rated it it was amazing Shelves: Create a free personal account to download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts, customize your interests, and more.

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He intentionally plans his revenge, sets up a date, orders her Bourbon to loosen her up, invites her to his apartment to give her a book, and then forcefully rapes her, and when she is either asleep or unconscious he takes all her clothes off and “pounds” her again. While I was recovering I searched high and low for a literature of dying, to find solace, to find reflections of my own experiences. Anyone who is suffering will find light in Broyard’s words.


To give it form and meaning, something I was always aware but unable to articulate with the same clarity.

Intoxicated by My Illness

On doing a google search I read in enotes that this is a short story. Great book, minus second half which I could have done without, I disagree with the editing decision to include that part. Published June 1st by Fawcett first published The world of modern medicine is a machine, and people die in that illnwss. Perhaps the biggest contribution of this book is Broyard’s advice to physicians. He was also the Montaigne of lay medical writers. His challenges, if taken seriously by the medical system, would help the rest of us intoxlcated do the same.

Sign in to customize your interests Sign in to your personal account. His wife pulled together his papers to publish amatole book so it makes me wonder why it was not clarified if it indeed was a short fictional story, it felt too true and the rest of the book is true.

This left me cold, and I do hope this is a story, otherwise we have another prestigious man who got away with rape. I intoxicaetd to say it was very easy to feel like this was just some sort of an experiment on his part and the moments when I actually thought wow, this guy is going to die, one day this could be me etc. How can we achieve immortality?

For example, his wish not only for a physician but a metaphysician. Open Preview See a Problem? Particularly touching was his reflections on his father’s death in It stinks of revelation.


Inhe wrote a moving personal account of his father’s last illness and death, “What the Cystoscope Said.

When people heard that I was ill, they inundated me with stories myy their own illnesses, as well as the cases of friends. Anatole Broyard was an extraordinary writer with a breadth of knowledge that took your breath away. Quotes from Intoxicated by My We defend ourselves not against castration anxiety but against death a for more absolute castration. The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine. I did not learn that in school at all, except in the most superficial way.

Nevertheless there was something just very likable about this man. May 11, Juan Carlos rated it really liked it.

It is an uneven book–some parts were lovely, other parts I found myself bored with. I am a critic, and being critically ill, I thought I might accept the pun and turn it on my condition.

Intoxicated by My Illness: And Other Writings on Life and Death

Storytelling seems to be a natural reaction to illness. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

And illnesses have put off death for some, who have lived longer for illnesd that they were on their way out and dying. Muy recomendable su lectura.

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