Stories of Sickness

Paperback | April 15, 2003

byHoward 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 Sicknessexplores 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 socialsciences. 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 text has been thoroughly revised and significantly expanded. Four almost entirely new chapters have beenadded 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 peoplecoping with illness, no less than scholars in the health care humanities and social sciences, will find much of value in this volume. Unique Features: *Philosophically sophisticated yet clearly written and easily accessible *Interdisciplinary approach--combines philosophy, literature, health care, social sciences *Contains many fascinating stories and vignettes of illness drawn from both fiction and nonfiction *A new and comprehensive overview of the "hot topic" of narrative ethics in medicine and health care

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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 Sicknessexplores the many dimensions of what illness me...

Howard Brody received his M.D. and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Michigan State University and completed a residency in Family Practice at the University of Virginia. He has been on the faculty at Michigan State University since 1980, serving as Director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State Un...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 6.1 × 9.25 × 0.79 inPublished:April 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195151402

ISBN - 13:9780195151404

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Storytelling in Medicine2. The Nature and Complexities of Narrative3. Dimensions of Sickness4. Sickness, Life Stories, and Self-Respect5. Types of Stories about Sickness6. Sick Roles: Practices and Life Plans7. How Sickness Alters Experience8. Sickness and Social Relations9. Stories of Life with Disability10. Maladaptive Ways of Being Sick11. What is Narrative Ethics12. How Does One Do Narrative Ethics13. Rigor in Narrative Judgements14. Ethics and the Life-Span Narrative15. Conclusion: The Patient-Health Professional Relationship as a Narrative

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"Brody offers some of his best work in the new chapters. Overall, Stories of Sickness is an important book for the general medical reader interested in learning more about the "art" of storytelling in medicine and may serve as a useful teaching text."--JAMA, August 27, 2003, Vol. 290, No.8