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Articles by Andrew Solomon: Disability, Health & Disease


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.

Feb 2016

The Good Death, When Breath Becomes Air and More

Life would feel short even if we could expect to live two centuries.

Oct 2015

The Myth of the ‘Autistic Shooter’

Failing to intuit certain aspects of other people’s inner experience does not equate to disdain for human life.

Dec 2014

Far from the Tree

Love is ideally present unconditionally throughout the relationship between a parent and a child. But acceptance is something that takes time.

Sep 2014

Identity or Behavior: A Moral and Medical Basis for LGBTQ Rights

The rights of minority groups should not be predicated on their lack of choice.

Jul 2013

Autism, An Insider’s Guide

Review of "The Reason I Jump" by Naoki Higashida.