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Performing Pain and Inflammation: Rendering the Invisible Visible

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Performing Pain and Inflammation: Rendering the Invisible Visible
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AMA Journal of Ethics, August 2017
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.8.imhl1-1708
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Abstract

These drawings represent everyday experiences of an artist who has been living with rheumatoid arthritis since her teenage years. Over the course of 20 years, the disease has damaged a series of joints in her body. Pain and inflammation accompany the most mundane of her movements and gestures. Fatigue and side effects of medications are routine parts of life. None of her impairments are publicly recognized and duly accommodated, as she is not (yet) visibly disabled. Asking for a seat on the bus, for instance, turns into a thorough social negotiation, as does having to constantly remind people that she actually is disabled. Lacking visual signs of disability, she is often accosted for "evidence"-an authentication, a reminder of "her" disability. With these drawings, each of which describes the artist's daily negotiations with pain, inflammation, and fatigue, she seeks to render visible what remains locked up within the boundaries of her skin.

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Student > Postgraduate 1 100%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 1 100%