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eBook The Body Silent ePub
Author: Robert F. Murphy
Language: English
ISBN: 0805001301
ISBN13: 978-0805001303
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co; 1 edition (April 1, 1987)
Pages: 242
Category: Psychology & Counseling
Subcategory: Dieting
Rating: 4.9
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The Body Silent is a personal narrative written by Robert Murphy, a professor at Columbia University. This piece is a narrative of personal struggle through a spinal condition, published in 1987 by Henry Holt and Company, Inc. He uses this narrative.

The Body Silent is a personal narrative written by Robert Murphy, a professor at Columbia University. He was diagnosed with a tumor extending from his second cervical vertebra to the eighth thoracic vertebra in 1972

Robert Francis Murphy (March 3, 1924 – October 8, 1990) was an American anthropologist and professor of anthropology at Columbia University in New York City, from the early 1960s to 1990.

Robert Francis Murphy (March 3, 1924 – October 8, 1990) was an American anthropologist and professor of anthropology at Columbia University in New York City, from the early 1960s to 1990. Murphy was a third generation descendant of Irish immigrants and grew up in Far Rockaway, Queens.

Robert F. Murphy (1924-1990) was professor of anthropology at Columbia University and the author of many articles . I just finished another book on the topic: The Body Silent by Robert F. Murphy (1986). Rarely can I call a book truly life-changing, but this one had that impact on me. Murphy (1924-1990) was professor of anthropology at Columbia University and the author of many articles and books. This is my attempt to summarize some of the key points of this extraordinary book, which resonated with my own condition. Robert Francis Murphy (1924-1990) was an anthropologist at Columbia University in New York.

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Drawing on his own experiences with a deepening quadruplegia, the author examines the threat posed to society by the handicapped while discussing the victim's own loss of self-esteem
I am always interested in good books on science, medicine, and disability. Two great books on disability are “A Whole New Life” by Reynolds Price (1994); and “The Man He Became – How FDR defied polio to win the presidency” by James Tobin (2013).
I just finished another book on the topic: “The Body Silent” by Robert F. Murphy (1986). Rarely can I call a book truly life-changing, but this one had that impact on me. This is my attempt to summarize some of the key points of this extraordinary book, which resonated with my own condition.
Robert Francis Murphy (1924-1990) was an anthropologist at Columbia University in New York.
He grew up an Irish orphan in Brooklyn, enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 after Pearl Harbor, was discharged in 1946, and went to study at Columbia on the GI Bill. He got interested in anthropology after attending a talk by Claude Lévi-Strauss at Columbia. Lévi-Strauss remained his idol for the rest of his life. He met Yolanda, a Polish-American anthropology student at Columbia, and they were married in 1950 after a few weeks of courtship. His 1952, he and Yolanda went deep into the Amazon to study the Munduruku indigenous tribe for a full year. The couple faced incredible hardships with only each other for practical and emotional support. This was an experience that “made” their marriage, and helped explain the strength of their bond when calamity struck later.
In the 1960s, Murphy was a popular lecturer who sometimes drew a standing ovation from hundreds of students.
From 1968 to 1972, Murphy was the Dean of Anthropology at Columbia, during a tough period of faculty unrest and student strikes.
In 1972, Murphy, then aged 48 and in the prime of his professional and personal life, started noticing strange health symptoms. He had difficulty lifting his left foot, and his gait was labored. The fingers of his left hand would twitch or curve for no reason. Then followed four years that will ring familiar to all neurological patients. He was misdiagnosed; underwent painful, useless and costly tests; and was at times so fed up that he went into denial while his symptoms worsened.
Finally in 1976, a neurologist at Columbia-Presbyterian gave him the right diagnosis. He had a spinal tumor that occupied half the length of his spine. He likened it to the “invasion of the body snatcher.” The tumor was inoperable and would continue to grow slowly and inexorably.
By 1977, he was paraplegic; and by 1979, quadriplegic. He worked on this book for seven years, only interrupted by health crises and lengthy hospital stays. The book was a NYT best-seller, and received Columbia’s highest award.
Murphy was a chain-smoker and an alcoholic. He quit smoking in 1972 when his first neurological symptoms appeared, in the hope that it would make the symptoms disappear. He had started drinking in the Navy during World War II. He drank relentlessly for more than two decades until 1966 when he realized that he was about to lose his job and his family. He quit alcohol cold-turkey and never had another drop. He sees troubling parallels between alcoholics and some disabled people in their temptation to withdraw into isolation, self-pity, atrophy, and severance; and the reorganization of all family arrangements around the alcoholic / disabled person. The disabled person, just like the alcoholic, finds redemption by stopping the “collapse onto oneself”, escaping entropy, and reaching out to others.
Murphy chronicles his decline with lucidity and dignity. He is merciless in documenting the effect of paraplegia, and then quadriplegia, on sexual function, bladder function, and motor function.
He is unable to drive, to stand, to easily transfer from wheelchair to the toilet, to his bed, to a vehicle. His ability to conduct his activities of daily living is curtailed dramatically. His breath becomes labored which impacts his ability to speak and deliver his lectures. He can no longer go to university cocktail parties where everyone is standing up eating finger foods. His inability to turn in bed causes terrible sores. His view of his body changes completely, from an essential part of his identity and life-affirming activities, to sick apparatus that still barely sustains his brain, the only thing that now matters.
Murphy briefly feels suicidal but rules out that option when he realizes the impact it would have on his family.
Murphy documents the everyday obstacles on the path of a disabled person, from transportation to housing to employment. Many of these things have improved noticeably since 1986. Murphy was tasked by the President of Columbia to chair a task force to make Columbia compliant with the first ADA statutes. He first declined the appointment, fearing tokenism and futility, but later accepted and threw himself into the work. His group dramatically improved the campus infrastructure for disabled people, using only one-third of its allotted budget. He calls it the only university committee he saw that ever achieved something meaningful.
Murphy points out that many middle-aged disabled individuals choose early retirement instead of continuing to face the challenges of the workplace. There are tenacious myths about disabled people in the workplace – that they’re not as productive, that they might repel customers or other employees, etc. – which have been proven wrong by extensive studies. Most evidence shows that disabled people in the workplace are very productive, and their presence quickly accepted and routinized.
He outlines the welfare conundrum: many disabled people are pushed into welfare as they cannot afford to work lower-income jobs. By working, they lose disability benefits and supplemental assistance, for an income (and limited health insurance) that cannot cover their large medical expenses. He recommends welfare reform that rewards training and work over idleness and dependency.
Murphy is quick to point out the emergence of computers, and the rise of the service economy, as major positive forces for the economic empowerment and productivity of disabled people.
His comments on the evolving role of the spouse are both moving and painful. His wife Yolanda becomes a “total caregiver” (while still holding a faculty job at Hunter College). His dependency on her is complete. Yet they continue to love each other deeply and without resentment.
Murphy goes into detail into the sociology of disability.
The job of a sick person is to get well. The job of the disabled person is unclear. The disabled are strange “initiates” – they have been stripped of their previous identity, but have not yet acquired a new one, and probably never will.
Disabled people are still subjected to snub, avoidance, patronization, and occasional outright mockery and cruelty (witness our President-Elect). Able-bodied people generally don’t know how to behave with the disabled. They are awkward, silent, ashamed - all nuances of behavior compounded sometimes by the disabled themselves. Why? We don’t teach our kids to fear or hate disabled people, so something else is at play.
One argument is that American culture values independence, self-reliance and autonomy above all. The disabled person contradicts all. We worship physical fitness, beauty and youth. Disabled persons remind the able-bodied of their mortality. We also scapegoat disabled people – “it’s their fault” – as some denigrate poor people or people of color. Murphy points out that spinal cord injuries overwhelmingly strike young, lower-class men in the US. These injuries are caused by vehicular accidents, accidents in the construction trade, gang shootings, and military combat injuries – which all predominantly affect poor young men.
Attitudes to the disabled vary by country. The Japanese culture ostracizes the disabled; while the Nordics are very easy-going.
We expect the disabled to bear their burden handsomely, stoically, heroically. This is the image FDR carefully cultivated and projected during his triumphant return to politics in 1928.
Disability is a great equalizer among disabled people, their kin, and beyond. Disabled people are prone to comradeship and frank revelations. Many disabled people find purpose in working with and for other disabled folks. Murphy also noted a newfound ease and solidarity with the other “outsiders” in his life – he now easily befriended black people, custodians, women who had been standoffish when he was able-bodied. His students started calling him “Bob” and strolling into his office to seek his advice on relationships. Being disabled can make you seem more vulnerable, compassionate and less threatening.
In the end, Murphy recommends that disabled people not care about what people think of them. There is no shame and self-injury in disability. The able-bodied person’s prejudice is a mirror of their own problems. There can be dignity, spirit and imagination in disability.
Murphy encourages disabled men, in particular, to stay active, to work until the very end. He worked for Columbia until his dying breath. He labored furiously on this book, sometimes twelve hours a day, despite relentlessly declining health. It was worth it, for his spirit and ours.
Robert Murphy, a cultural anthropologist wrote his own ethnography on his disability and how the once familiar world rejected him. In his book, Murphy gives a detailed account of how his illness began and how the disease overall consumed his life. However, his book does not just primarily focus on the medical aspect of his disease, he also focuses on how the disease took away his social standing. It explains how his social standing disappeared in the way his coworkers treated him, and how friends treated him. The book provides insight into the discrimination of those who have a disability, and Murphy makes sure this is displayed in his own experiences. He also incorporates the stories of other individuals he encountered on his journey of becoming a quadriplegic, and used their stories to help argue his point. By adding these stories, he just further proved the point of how much disabled individuals are shunned and sheltered away from society. This book is a must read for everyone. Murphy’s story could help evolve a nation, and the way disabled individuals are looked upon. This book focuses on the major struggles that Murphy faced as he began to accept his disease. He covers several major topics, which are pertinent to American culture that is the roles of a man, the ideal beauty that Americans wish to possess, and how something unknown is written off as taboo in society. This topic is taboo because it scares Americans because they are ignorant to the topic. Murphy does something unique with his book however, he allows the reader to experience everything that he went through, through his strong phrasing, and immense detail. However when reading Murphy’s book, it can be a bit dry in places and the reader should push through to get to the meaty part of the book. This is where the reader can get emerged, and fully grasp just how dramatic the changes were in his life. For someone that is not used to books being mainly intellectual, should take their time with this book so they can fully grasp the content in the book. The main point that Murphy is trying to illustrate is how much the disabled must face in order to be incorporated into to society, and how much society looks down on them; regardless if they are capable of doing everyday tasks that people without disabilities can. Although, the book is dry in few places, it overall conveys a message that all people should learn. This lesson is that even though Americans are frightened of the things that are unknown, disabled individuals should not be regarded as something that frightens people. The book teaches the readers how to accept individuals with disabilities, and allows people to comprehend to the fully extent of what these individuals endure in attempt to live a normal life. Murphy uses his story to educate those who are unaware of the trials disabled individuals go through in hopes that this will cause a change.
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