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BIAZEVIC, Maria Gabriela Haye; MICHEL-CROSATO, Edgard  and  ANTUNES, José Leopoldo Ferreira. Discussions about health and illness: revisiting Monteiro Lobato's adult work. Saude soc. [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.2, pp.290-301. ISSN 0104-1290.

Monteiro Lobato's opinions with regard to the health and disease themes were not restricted to Jeca Tatu's condition; he went beyond, and his opinions and reports about the illness experience can be observed in several excerpts of his adult work. This paper highlights the health and illness conceptions observed in Monteiro Lobato's writings. Through the analysis of his adult work, we could learn about his opinions and reports on his beloved ones' experience of being sick, the possibility that the disease offers of socializing individuals, medical corporativism, his participation in the Pro-Sanitation League, some paternalistic health practices and the vulnerability of those with unfavorable social conditions, among other topics, in some occasions with comical characteristics, in others with resignation and even anger. Therefore, this study analyzed his adult work, discussing the excerpts that deal with health and illness experienced in the first decades of the 20th century.

Keywords : Medicine in Literature; Health; Disease; Professional Corporations; Monteiro Lobato.

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