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Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Chris Ward
Emeritus Professor
The University of Nottingham

I am Emeritus Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Nottingham. My clinical work and research have focused on chronic illness. My most recent book is Between Sickness and Heath. The Landscape of Illness and Wellness, published by Routledge (2020): https://bit.ly/2QVTZ7A

 

Chris Ward

Ivan lived on his own [1]. He was unsteady on his feet, and scarcely able to care for himself despite a large amount of outside help. His isolation made him vulnerable but whenever we met him at home he seemed complacently, if not blissfully, unconcerned about the situation. On the other hand his

Chris Ward

I’ve written recently about some of the communication challenges of Huntington’s disease.  Here is another.  My encounters with a Huntington’s patient frequently went like this:

Doctor: ‘How are you?’

Patient: [no response]

Doctor: ‘Did you come on the bus?’

Chris Ward

One of my challenges as a specialist physician was Huntington’s disease. To give you a picture, imagine 'Diane' [i] slumped in a wheelchair, stirred into speaking by something her husband has said about their 7 year old son, Will.