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Stories of Sickness

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ISBN-10: 0195151402

ISBN-13: 9780195151404

Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)

Authors: Howard Brody

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Our personalities and our identities are intimately bound up with the stories that we tell to organize and to make sense of our lives. To understand the human meaning of illness, we therefore must turn to the stories we tell about illness, suffering, and medical care. Stories of Sickness explores the many dimensions of what illness means to the sufferers and to those around them, drawing on depictions of illness in great works of literature and in non-fiction accounts. The exploration is primarily philosophical but incorporates approaches from literature and from the medical social sciences. When it was first published in 1987, Stories of Sickness helped to inaugurate a renewed interest in the importance of narrative studies in health care. For the Second Edition the texthas been thoroughly revised and significantly expanded. Four almost entirely new chapters have been added on the nature, complexities, and rigor of narrative ethics and how it is carried out. There is also an additional chapter on maladaptive ways of being sick that deals in greater depth with disability issues. Health care professionals, students of medicine and bioethics, and ordinary people coping with illness, no less than scholars in the health care humanities and social sciences, willfind much of value in this volume.
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Book details

List price: $41.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/31/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

Introduction
Storytelling in Medicine
The Nature and Complexities of Narrative
Dimensions of Sickness
Sickness, Life Stories, and Self-Respect
Types of Stories about Sickness
Sick Roles: Practices and Life Plans
How Sickness Alters Experience
Sickness and Social Relations
Stories of Life with Disability
Maladaptive Ways of Being Sick
What Is Narrative Ethics?
How Does One Do Narrative Ethics?
Rigor in Narrative Judgments
Ethics and the Life-Span Narrative
Conclusion: The Patient-Health Professional Relationship as a Narrative
References
Index