Narrative Medicine Honoring the Stories of Illness

ISBN-10: 0195340221

ISBN-13: 9780195340228

Edition: 2008

Authors: Rita Charon
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Description: Narrative medicine has emerged in response to a commodified health care system that places corporate and bureaucratic concerns over the needs of the patient. Generated from a confluence of sources including humanities and medicine, primary care medicine, narratology, and the study of doctor-patient relationships, narrative medicine is medicine practiced with the competence to recognize, absorb, interpret, and be moved by the stories of illness. By placing events in temporal order, with beginnings, middles, and ends, and by establishing connections among things using metaphor and figural language, narrative medicine helps doctors to recognize patients and diseases, convey knowledge, accompany patients through the ordeals of illness--and according to Rita Charon, can ultimately lead to more humane, ethical, and effective health care. Trained in medicine and in literary studies, Rita Charon is a pioneer of and authority on the emerging field of narrative medicine. In this important and long-awaited book she provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the conceptual principles underlying narrative medicine, as well as a practical guide for implementing narrative methods in health care. A true milestone in the field, it will interest general readers, and experts in medicine and humanities, and literary theory.

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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

What is Narrative Medicine
The Sources of Narrative Medicine
Bridging Health Care's Divides
Narrative Features of Medicine
Narratives of Illness
Telling One's Life
The Patient, the Body, and the Self
Developing Narrative Competence
Close Reading
Attention, Representation, and Affiliation
The Parallel Chart
Dividends of Narrative Medicine
Bearing Witness
The Bioethics of Narrative Medicine
A Narrative Vision for Health Care
References
Index
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