Metaphors for illness in contemporary media

  title={Metaphors for illness in contemporary media},
  author={Michael Hanne and Sandra Hawken},
  journal={Medical Humanities},
  pages={93 - 99}
Essayist Susan Sontag alerted us more than 20 years ago to the way in which clusters of metaphors attach themselves to our discussion of certain diseases, and the influence these metaphors exert on public attitudes to the diseases themselves and to those who experience them. This study of feature articles on five diseases—avian flu, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS—published recently in the New York Times reveals distinct patterns of metaphor usage around each. While the metaphors… 

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