Frailty as illness and the cultural landscape.

  title={Frailty as illness and the cultural landscape.},
  author={William Mackintosh},
  journal={The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners},
  volume={67 658},
  • William Mackintosh
  • Published 1 May 2017
  • Medicine
  • The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
It is over 30 years since Susan Sontag famously denounced the use of illness as metaphor.1 Her work examined the dangers of the use of language we adopt in describing cancer, tuberculosis, and AIDs. Since the publication of her essay, the way we look after our patients has radically changed. We live in the age of frailty. First described as a clinical syndrome (or ‘phenotype’) in 2001,2 its definition remains loose and variable even among the medical profession. A recent summary of NICE… Expand
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