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Cadaverland: Inventing a Pathology of Catastrophe for Holocaust Survival [The Limits of Medical Knowledge and Historical Memory in France] (Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry) Hardcover – October 13, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1584657842 ISBN-10: 1584657847

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“[A] groundbreaking work . . . Dorland’s thesis is that the collective French consciousness, which included the medical practitioners who treated concentration camp survivors, was and still is pervasively tainted by anti-Semitism and an inability to come to terms with the collaboration of so many of their countrymen under the Vichy regime.”—Jerusalem Post

“The text is well written, scholarly, and authoritative. The book goes beyond the survivor to include the impact on families as well. Anyone interested in the psychological aspects of trauma will find this volume a worthwhile read.”—Jewish Book World

“[A]n engaging and unique exploration of how French doctors analyzed the impact of the concentration camps on Holocaust survivors. The author devoted ten years to writing this work, and the result is a nuanced combination of historical, cultural, political, sociological, and psychological approaches to the study of the Holocaust.” —Holocaust and Genocide Studies


“Michael Dorland has written an important and, in many ways, a strikingly original work that definitely ranks as superior scholarship. By choosing to examine how the figure of the Holocaust survivor has been studied, he has succeeded in uncovering new material and weaving this together with a critical review of a vast range of scholarship into a readable, yet subtle, and often eloquent, narrative.” (Toby Gelfand, Ph.D., Jason A. Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine, University of Ottawa)

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MICHAEL DORLAND is a professor of Communication at Carleton University, Ottawa. In past lives he's been an award winning journalist and film critic, as well as a novelist. As a university professor, he's been interested for a long time in the transformations of ideas from one context to another. He has published books on film, and on how the Canadian feature film was developed in that country with the coming of television. His 2003 book Law, Rhetoric and Irony was a distinguished contribution to comparative legal history. His recently published book Cadaverland is the first study to look at the medical effects of concentration camp survival in six countries, France mainly but also Scandinavia, Poland, Israel and the United States.
As a teacher, he in interested in rhetoric and in visual communication.

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