The modern regime of hyper logical biomedicine offers little solace when it comes to the effects of ill health on our inner lives 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. 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 gtd2guvirginiaedu with the provocative pairing in the title of his new book david morris sets himself the task of dramatically altering the perceived relation between . Eros and illness explores the place of desire in illness we urgently need such an exploration because illness is no longer simply a natural feature of the human condition most people fall ill but illness now falls under the supervision of biomedicine a science based state regulated system dominated by the new molecular gaze
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