The Empathy Exams: Essays

The Empathy Exams: Essays

Leslie Jamison

From own loss to phantom ailments, The Empathy Exams is a daring and amazing assortment, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay choice of Spring 2014

Beginning along with her adventure as a scientific actor who was once paid to behave out indicators for scientific scholars to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask crucial questions on our uncomplicated realizing of others: How should still we care approximately one another? How do we consider another's soreness, specifically whilst ache will be assumed, distorted, or played? Is empathy a device wherein to check or perhaps grade one another? by way of confronting pain―real and imagined, her personal and others'―Jamison uncovers a private and cultural urgency to believe. She attracts from her personal reports of affliction and physically damage to have interaction in an exploration that extends some distance past her existence, spanning wide-ranging territory―from poverty tourism to phantom illnesses, road violence to truth tv, ailment to incarceration―in its look for a type of sight formed by way of humility and grace.

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