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Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7227.125/a (Published 08 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:125
  1. Iona Heath, general practitioner
  1. Kentish Town, London

    David B Morris

    University of California Press, £17.50, pp 360


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    The postmodern view of our world is simultaneously terrifying and liberating. By the start of this century, the great explanation of religion, promising perfection in an everlasting life after death, had given way to the big utopian political visions, which promised a perfect society in this life. Through the middle part of the century, these visions were inexorably corrupted into monstrous dystopias, and now, in our postmodern world, the resulting disillusion has fostered a deep distrust of all comprehensive explanations of, and solutions to, the human predicament. The notion of absolute truth has given way to an acceptance of …

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