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Winner of the Columbia University Lionel Trilling Award. Robert Murphy was in the prime of his career as an anthropologist when he felt the first symptom of a malady that would ultimately take him on an odyssey stranger than any field trip to the Amazon: a tumor of the spinal cord that progressed slowly and irreversibly into quadriplegia. In this gripping account, Murphy explores society's fears, myths, and misunderstandings about disability, and the damage they inflict. He reports how paralysis like all disabilities assaults people's identity, social standing, and ties with others, while at the same time making the love of life burn even more fiercely."

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Robert Murphy was a professor of anthropology at Columbia before he developed a spinal tumour that progressed into quadriplegia. Here, he explores society's fears, myths and misunderstanding about disability, and the effect they have on the disabled person's identity and social standing.
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Robert F. Murphy (1924-1990) was professor of anthropology at Columbia University and the author of many articles and books.

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  • PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
  • Publication date2001
  • ISBN 10 0393320421
  • ISBN 13 9780393320428
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages256
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