By exploring the role of desire in illness eros and illness offers an alternative an unconventional deeply human exploration of what it means to live with and live through disease when we face down illness something beyond biomedicines extremely valuable advances in treatment and prevention is sorely needed. Several threads tie together this ambitious beautifully digressive reflection on eros and logos in the experience of illness and the conduct of medicine and health care which takes into account what a complex striation of cultural legacies social and political pressures and beliefs go into both framing his reflections on the role of unknowing altered states inexplicable events desire . Eros and illness by david b morris cambridge harvard university press 2017 368 pages gbp3195 review by george derk phd gtd2guvirginiaeduwith the provocative pairing in the title of his new book david morris sets himself the task of dramatically altering the perceived relation between these two terms. Eros is central not only to love its traditional domain but also to illnessthis crucial relationship however goes mostly unrecognized and unaddressed with incalculable harm to patients to doctors and to loved ones
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