Renewal of Generosity Illness, Medicine, and How to Live

ISBN-10: 0226260178

ISBN-13: 9780226260174

Edition: 2005

Authors: Arthur W. Frank

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Through engaging narratives of illness, medical work, and nursing in which people choose to act in ways that affirm their humanity, "The Renewal of Generosity depicts the transformation of demoralized medicine into caring relationships through generosity--generosity towards both others and oneself. Arthur Frank demonstrates how generosity is renewed through dialogue, and he also distinguishes authentic dialogue from mere talk. For Frank, medicine is the face-to-face encounter that comes before and after pharmaceuticals, surgeries, and diagnostics. His is a book for people on both sides of the medical encounter who want to offer more to those they meet, and who want a more enriching experience for themselves. A work of enormous grace and compassion, "The Renewal of Generosity expands our vision of illness and healing. "This reflection is starkly honest and never pedantic or condescending. . . . Through a rich telling of stories and reflection on them, Frank conducts a complex symphony of ideas about medicine with writing from a wide range of authors that models how readers might enact and experience the complex, subtle meaning of generosity and gratitude in their own practices. . . . Physicians should rush to read this book, and I hope that patients will join them."--George J. Agich, "New England Journal of Medicine
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/24/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 166
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Arthur W. Frank is professor of sociology at the University of Calgary and the author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness; The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics; and The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live, the latter two also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Introduction A Hospitable Welcome
Lost in the Tunnel
The Dialogical Stoic
The Generosity of the Ill
Physicians' Generosity
"So that I can carry on"
Unfinalized Generosity
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