The Empathy Exams: Essays

The Empathy Exams: Essays

Leslie Jamison

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

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay choice of Spring 2014

Beginning along with her event as a scientific actor who used to be paid to behave out signs for scientific scholars to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask crucial questions about our easy knowing of others: How may still we care approximately one another? How will we believe another's ache, in particular whilst discomfort may be assumed, distorted, or played? Is empathy a device during which to check or perhaps grade one another? via confronting pain―real and imagined, her personal and others'―Jamison uncovers a private and cultural urgency to consider. She attracts from her personal reports of ailment and physically harm to have interaction in an exploration that extends some distance past her existence, spanning wide-ranging territory―from poverty tourism to phantom ailments, highway violence to fact tv, sickness to incarceration―in its look for a type of sight formed via humility and grace.

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