A Season in Hell – Boing Boing
Disease drives a wedge between mind and body, widening the Cartesian split. We’re reminded, with a jolt, that even those of us who live in our heads are alarmingly dependent on the fragile, failure-prone bodies we’d previously regarded as an afterthought. We’re troubled, too, by the wild surmise that the body is Other, an alien thing with a mindless mind of its own.
This is especially so with cancer, a creeping horror that colonizes our bodies one cell at a time, insidiously turning us into It.