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Better Than Well : American Medicine Meets the American Dream - 03 edition

Better Than Well : American Medicine Meets the American Dream (ISBN10: 0393325652; ISBN13: 9780393325652)
ISBN13: 978-0393325652
ISBN10: 0393325652

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0393052015
ISBN10: 039305201X

Summary: Americans have always been the world's most anxiously enthusiastic consumers of "enhancement technologies." Prozac, Viagra, and Botox injections are only the latest manifestations of a familiar pattern: enthusiastic adoption, public hand-wringing, an occasional congressional hearing, and calls for self-reliance.

In a brilliant diagnosis of our reactions to self-improvement technologies, Carl Elliott asks questions that illuminate deep currents in
the American character: Why do we feel uneasy about these drugs, procedures, and therapies even while we embrace them? Where do we draw the line between self and society? Why do we seek self-realization in ways so heavily influenced by cultural conformity?
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Summary: Americans have always been the world's most anxiously enthusiastic consumers of "enhancement technologies." Prozac, Viagra, and Botox injections are only the latest manifestations of a familiar pattern: enthusiastic adoption, public hand-wringing, an occasional congressional hearing, and calls for self-reliance.

In a brilliant diagnosis of our reactions to self-improvement technologies, Carl Elliott asks questions that illuminate deep currents in the American character: Why do we feel uneasy about these drugs, procedures, and therapies even while we embrace them? Where do we draw the line between self and society? Why do we seek self-realization in ways so heavily influenced by cultural conformity? ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 03
Cover: Print On Demand
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 05/19/2004
International: No

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