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The Caregiver's Tale


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Our healthcare system has placed the burden of caring for the ill squarely on the shoulders of family members. In order to understand what this means for the caretakers and for our society, Ann Burack-Weiss has taken us into the heart of the caretaking experience. Using a treasure-trove of memoirs, she has developed an insightful and moving analysis that is complemented by crisp thumbnail sketches of her 100 sources. Caretakers, healthcare providers, and people concerned about illness will find this book presents a new and crucial angle on the life struggles of people who give care. -- Mindy Thompson Fullilove, professor of clinical psychiatry and public health, New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University In The Caregiver's Tale, Ann Burack-Weiss catalogues, analyzes, and honors the caring lives of family and friends of the ill. What an accomplishment to bring to our eyes and awareness the hidden suffering and profound rewards of those whose lives are transformed by the illnesses of others. This book is a germinal study in life-writing theory and narrative medicine that will speak with power to health care professionals and to all who live around illness and dying. -- Rita Charon, director, Program in Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Ann Burack-Weiss, a licensed clinical social worker, has taught two generations of students at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is the coauthor of Gerontological Social Work Supervision and Social Work Practice with the Frail Elderly and Their Families: The Auxiliary Function Model. Ann Burack-Weiss, DSW is Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University's School of Social Work. She also maintains a private practice and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. She has co-authored three books: First Encounters between Elders and Agencies, Gerontological Social Work Supervision, and Social Work Practice with the Frail Elderly and Their Families.


"Readable and well researched... The Caregiver's Tale: Loss and Renewal in Memoirs of Family Life is a useful book." -- Delese Wear, PhD, Journal of the American Medical Association "A unique and useful contribution to the knowledge of the family caregiver experience... A useful educational tool." -- Nicole A. Graves, Journal of Marriage and Family "A unique and valuable contribution to the social work literature and offers a deeply human view of... of caregiving." -- Michelle Estile, The New Social Worker Online

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