Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness

Paperback | January 29, 2008

byRita Charon

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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 ofdoctor-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 metaphorand 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, aswell 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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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 ofdoctor-patient relationships, narrative medicine is ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:January 29, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195340221

ISBN - 13:9780195340228

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Table of Contents

I. What is Narrative Medicine1. The Sources of Narrative Medicine2. Bridging Health Care's Divides3. Narrative Features of MedicineII. Narratives of Illness4. Telling One's Life5. The Patient, the Body, and the SelfIII. Developing Narrative Competence6. Close Reading7. Attention, Representation, and Affiliation8. The Parallel ChartIV. Dividends of Narrative Medicine9. Bearing Witness10. The Bioethics of Narrative Medicine11. A Narrative Vision for Health CareReferencesIndex

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"A compelling mix, backed by the unusual authority of a physician who is also a literary scholar."--Lancet