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Document Typology: Other
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Narrative and Medicine
Name of author(s): Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D.
Name of publisher: The New England Journal of medicine
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
A 36-year-old Dominican man with a chief symptom
of back pain comes to see me for the first time. As
his new internist, I tell him, I have to learn as much
as I can about his health. Could he tell me whatever
he thinks I should know about his situation? And
then I do my best not to say a word, not to write in
his chart, but to absorb all that he emits about his
life and his health. I listen not only for the content of
his narrative, but for its form — its temporal course,
its images, its associated subplots, its silences,
where he chooses to begin in telling of himself, how
he sequences symptoms with other life events. I pay
attention to the narrative’s performance — the patient’s
gestures, expressions, body positions, tones
of voice. After a few minutes, he stops talking and
begins to weep. I ask him why he cries. He says,
“No one has ever let me do this before.”
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