The Caregiver (Culture and Politics of Health Care Work) (Paperback)

Staff Pick Badge
The Caregiver (Culture and Politics of Health Care Work) By Aaron Alterra, Arthur Kleinman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Aaron Alterra, Arthur Kleinman (Foreword by)
IN WAREHOUSE - Usually Ships in 3-7 Business Days

Staff Reviews

This is a beautiful love story, as well as an insightful story for any caregiver of an Alzheimer's patient, by a man in his 70's dealing with his wife's illness. He describes the numerous frustrations and inadequacies of the medical establishment, as well as the practical aspects of how to deal with this very sad condition. An extraordinary journey by a wonderful writer. — Barbara Morrow


Aaron and Stella Alterra had been married for more than sixty years when Aaron began to notice puzzling lapses in his wife's memory. Innocuous at first, they became more severe and more alarming. After a series of appointments and tests, the Alterras were informed that Stella was one of the more than 4.5 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease. Combining medical research on the disease and often-painful anecdotes of memory loss, deteriorating motor functions, personality shifts, support-group and daycare experiences, and drug trials, Alterra chronicles his transformation from husband to caregiver after his wife's diagnosis. More than a chronology of one family's experience of Alzheimer's disease, The Caregiver is an intelligent, beautifully reflective testimony to how family members turned caregivers become the ultimate advocates for their loved ones in the face of a disease with no cure.

About the Author

Aaron Alterra is a pseudonym for E. S. Goldman, an award-winning fiction writer who publishes frequently in the Atlantic; he has published a novel and two volumes of short stories and lives on Cape Cod. Arthur Kleinman is Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Professor of Psychiatry, and Curator of Medical Anthropology in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. His books include Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture and The Illness Narratives.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780801474347
ISBN-10: 0801474345
Publisher: ILR Press
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2008
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: Culture and Politics of Health Care Work