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Document Typology: Newspaper / Magazine article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: The narrative of the patient as a therapeutic tool
Name of author(s): I. Ramirez Villaseñor
Name of publisher: Pan-American Family Medicine Clinics
Language of the publication: Spanish
Language of the review: English
"Patients may be seen for years without truly knowing their life history even when being aware of the history of their sicknesses. An on-time and a high medical-quality service may be provided
without realizing what the fears, joys and other feelings of our patients are. A preventive health program may be adequately fulfilled without knowing the person. The same could happen in a
familiar dimension. Only medicine centered in the person accomplishes these tasks and simultaneously gets to know the emotional history of the patient – his/ her fears, goals, wishes, etc.
Narrative is the doorway for entering this process which does not end until the very doctor-patient relationship ceases. Certain techniques and will from both parts is needed so that the narrative of the patient’s life becomes a therapeutic tool itself. When making good use of the patient’s narrative to comprehend and accept his/her emotions the physician becomes- in Michel Balint’s words- the best drug."
Reviewer's comments on the document:
This article is aimed to define the benefits of the narrative medicine in different medical scopes, be it curative, preventive or palliative medicine.
The techniques of narrative medicine allow doctors to know about their patients and their circumstances which makes easier to treat them.
Where to find it:

Pan-American Family Medicine Clinics Vol. 1/2005 (59-66)

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