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Section 1 mixes memoir and analysis, introducing a handful of fundamental concepts, including ways in which cure is connected to the ideas of normal and natural and how cure targets people deemed abnormal and unnatural. The pieces in this section also lay out a number of disability stereotypes—overcoming, pity, and tragedy—as well as examining the definition of cure as “the restoration of health.” That definition is placed alongside the practice of ecosystem restoration, a comparison that is used to further define cure.

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