I Am Not Your Diagnosis


Brilliant ImperfectionBrilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure
by Eli Clare
Duke University Press. 240 pages, $22.95


ELI CLARE’S BOOK of essays, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, is a clarion call for changing the medicalized disability narrative, that of “defective brokenness,” that often prevails in U.S. healthcare. As a transgender man living with cerebral palsy, Clare’s insights challenge existing notions of what is “normal and natural,” affirming that “there’s nothing wrong with our disabled body-minds.”

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