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The Intersection of Star Culture in America and International Medical Tourism


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Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction: Going Abroad: Leaving on a Jet Plane for Hope, Health, and Holiday Part I: Seeking Treatment for Life-Threatening Illnesses: Cancer and AIDS Case Studies Chapter 1: Steve McQueen: Treating Mesothelioma in Mexico Chapter 2: Rock Hudson: AIDS Comes Out of the Closet Chapter 3: Farrah Fawcett: Killing "Terrorists" in the Black Forest Chapter 4: Steve Jobs: Creative Quests for a Cure Chapter 5: Karen Black: "Help Karen Beat Cancer" Part II: Seeking Treatment for Non-Life-Threatening Conditions: Sex Reassignment, Arthritis, Cosmetic Surgery, and Childbirth Case Studies Chapter 6: Christine Jorgensen: "She Went Abroad and Came Back a Broad" Chapter 7: Peyton Manning: Miracle Cures and a Little Bit of Voodoo Chapter 8: Pope John Paul II, Nick Nolte, Kobe Bryant, and Alex Rodriguez: A Treatment from God Chapter 9: Suzanne Somers: Growing a Breast Like the Ones in Japan Chapter 10: Angelina Jolie: A Beautiful Body Travels the World Part III: Spreading the Word: Short Takes on Medical Tourism in Popular Media and its Celebrity Connections Chapter 11: 60 Minutes: Making Thailand's Bumrungrad International Hospital Famous Chapter 12: Sicko (2007): Michael Moore's Transatlantic Trek for Quality Health Care Chapter 13: Dallas Buyers Club (2013): The "Sexiest Man Alive" Is a Medical Tourist Conclusion: Coming Home: Social and Political Ramifications of Celebrity Medical Tourism Bibliography About the Authors

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Kathy Merlock Jackson is professor of communication at Virginia Wesleyan College. Lisa Lyon Payne is associate professor and coordinator of communication at Virginia Wesleyan College. Kathy Shepherd Stolley is professor of sociology at Virginia Wesleyan College.


In The Intersection of Star Culture in America and International Medical Tourism, Jackson, Payne, and Stolley illustrate how our fascination with celebrity engages the popular imagination in personal fantasies of wealth and health. Their analysis of media A-listers who have participated in medical tourism-from Steve McQueen, Rock Hudson, and Farrah Fawcett to Christine Jorgensen, Peyton Manning, and Angelina Jolie-provides sharp insights into our fear of illness (and aging) and our hope for personal rejuvenation. -- William E. Lenz, Chatham University

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