chapter  1
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• Introduction

There is no easy answer to the question of the 'meaning of illness': why a particular person becomes ill in a particular way at a particular time cannot, in the final analysis, be given a satisfactory 'explanation'. Readers should not, therefore, expect to find within these pages an all-purpose 'key' to specifiC ailments and diseases. This book offers a number of

perspectives on illness, which may not always be consistent with each other and which may perhaps raise more questions than they answer. The chapters range from the presentation of theoretical models to naked autobiography, and have been selected for their relevance to all whose lives are touched by these issues, not only to the helping and medical professions.