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A History of the Present Illness

(2013)
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Sixteen "lovely, nuanced? (The New York Times) linked stories from a potent new voice-a doctor with an M.D. from Harvard and an M.F.A. in fiction.

A History of the Present Illness takes readers into overlooked lives in the neighborhoods, hospitals, and nursing homes of San Francisco, offering a deeply humane and incisive portrait of health and illness in America today. An elderly Chinese immigrant sacrifices his demented wife's well-being to his son's authority. A busy Latina physician's eldest daughter's need for more attention has disastrous consequences. A young veteran's injuries become a metaphor for the rest of his life. A gay doctor learns very different lessons about family from his life and his work. And a psychiatrist who advocates for the underserved may herself be crazy. Together, these honest and compassionate stories introduce a striking new literary voice and provide a view of what it means to be a doctor and a patient unlike anything we've read before.

In the tradition of Oliver Sacks and Abraham Verghese, Aronson's writing is based on personal experience and addresses topics of current social relevance. Masterfully told, A History of the Present Illness explores the role of stories in medicine and creates a world pulsating with life, speaking truths about what makes us human.

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January 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: A History of the Present Illness: Stories
Author(s): Louise Aronson
ISBN: 1-60819-830-8 / 978-1-60819-830-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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January 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: History of the Present Illness
Author(s): Aronson Louise
ISBN: 1-4088-3214-3 / 978-1-4088-3214-1 (UK edition)
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January 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: A History of the Present Illness: Stories
Author(s): Louise Aronson
ISBN: 1-62040-007-3 / 978-1-62040-007-4 (USA edition)
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March 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: A History of the Present Illness: Stories
Author(s): Louise Aronson
ISBN: 1-4088-3212-7 / 978-1-4088-3212-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
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January 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A History of the Present Illness: Stories
Author(s): Louise Aronson
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January 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A History of the Present Illness: Stories
Author(s): Louise Aronson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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