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Perspective

From Illness as Culture to Caregiving as Moral Experience

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  • Arthur Kleinman, M.D.

Taking care of a spouse with Alzheimer's disease validates the author's insistence on the primacy of patients' experience of illness, while deepening his questioning of the application of the illness–disease distinction and clarifying the moral processes of caregiving.

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Author Affiliations

From the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; and the Departments of Global Health and Social Medicine and of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

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