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Articles by Andrew Solomon: Disability, Health & Disease


Jul 2020

What Happens When You’re Disabled but Nobody Can Tell?

On the disabilities that ramps and reserved parking spots don’t address.

Apr 2020

Keeping Our Heads While Keeping Our Distance

My advice to everyone is to sustain human contact whether you feel like it or not.

Apr 2020

For those of us with depression, coronavirus is a double crisis

I am in the sizeable part of the population who must seek to distinguish between ordinary fear and the beginnings of a breakdown.

Sep 2019

The Dignity of Disabled Lives

The burden of being perceived as different persists. The solution to this problem is community.

Jul 2018

My Stories Become Someone Else’s: Adapting a Book to Film

Books require that people recount their emotions; documentaries require that people bare the same emotions in front of a film crew.

Nov 2017

Perfectly Normal

How conflating ‘ideal’ and ‘average’ spawned flawed concepts of identity.

Oct 2017

Fatal Genes

To what extent is information about an unpreventable genetic disease that has not yet caused any symptoms a gift and to what extent is it a burden?

Nov 2016

A public hospital that truly served the public over the centuries

Doctors at Bellevue have since championed some of what came to be seen as best practices and some of what came to be seen as the worst.

Oct 2016

Mental Illness Is Not A Horror Show

It’s the proximity of mental illness rather than its obscurity that makes it so scary. But it should be scary in a “fix the broken care system” way or in a “figure ...

May 2016

When we unlock the secrets of our genes, what do we do with that knowledge?

Review of "The Gene: An Intimate History," by Siddhartha Mukherjee.