Narrative Matters The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy

ISBN-10: 0801884799

ISBN-13: 9780801884795

Edition: 2006

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Description: This anthology brings together the personal stories of patients, physicians, policy makers, and others whose writings humanize discussions and deliberations about health policy. Drawn from the popular "Narrative Matters" column in the journal Health Affairs, the essays epitomize the policy narrative, a new area genre of writing that explores health policy through the expression of personal experiences. Forty-six articles focus on such topics as the hard financial realities of medical insurance, AIDS, assisted suicide, marketing drugs, genetic engineering, organ transplants, and ethnic and racial disparities in the health care system. The narratives raise ethical and moral issues that are being studied in many of our nation's medical schools. This compelling collection provides important insight into the human dimensions of health care and health policy.

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 8/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Abraham Verghese was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1955. He received an M.D. from Madras University, India, in 1979 and came to the U.S a year later to do a residency in Tennessee. He also earned an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1991. Verghese has been involved mainly in medical research and teaching. His specialties include internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, geriatrics, and infectious diseases; the latter has led to an interest in AIDS, which has been the subject of much of his writing. Verghese's thesis was a collection of stories about AIDS, and he then went on to write My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and Its People in the Age of AIDS. My Own Country received the Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction and was selected by Time as one of the top five books of 1994. Verghese is also the author of The Tennis Partner: A Doctor's Story of Friendship and Loss, and his short stories, articles, and reviews have appeared in magazines and newspapers such as North American Review, Sports Illustrated, and MD. Verghese, who is divorced, has two children, Steven and Jacob and resides in El Paso, Tex.

Foreword
Preface: About This Book
List of Contributors
Writing to Change Things: Essays on the Policy Narrative
Me and the System: The Personal Essay and Health Policy
Using and Misusing Anecdote in Policy Making
Out of the Closet and into the Legislature: Breast Cancer Stories
Dollars and Sense: Hard Financial Realities
Gouging the Medically Uninsured: A Tale of Two Bills
Tea, Biscuits, and Health Care Prioritizing
Doctors Have Patients, Governors Have Citizens
Hooked on Neonatology
Here Comes Trouble
Shopping for Long-Term Care
On Being a Grantmaker
Bearing Witness: Patients' Stories
Despierta!
Pizza Ship
Where's David?
Maria
Voices from the Clinic: AIDS Then and Now
The Yellow Baby
Blind Faith and Choice
The Maddening System: Frustrations and Solutions
Of Wheelchairs and Managed Care
Getting the Elderly Their Due
My Mother and the Medical Care Ad-hoc-racy
Tin-Cup Medicine
Acquainted with the Night
Learning Genetics
Trouble in the Ranks: Professional Problems
Accountable but Powerless
Leaving Nursing
Dolores
Attending Death with Dignity
Drug Resistance: Battling Undue Influence
A Matter of Influence
As Drug Marketing Pays Off, My Mother Pays Up
No Free Lunch
Disparity Dilemmas: Stories on Race and Ethnicity
Out of the Shadow
Subcutaneous Scars
No Come Nada
Concordance
La Promotora
Immigration Pediatrics
Values and Choice: Stories of Practical Ethics
Casey's Legacy
No One Needs to Know
At the End of a Day
Life but No Limb: The Aftermath of Medical Error
Incidental Illness
The Rest Is Silence
DNAbling Parents
What Are We Going to Do with Dad?
Kidneys and the Kindness of Strangers
The Curtain
Index
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