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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Narrative medicine: Honoring the stories of illness
Name of author(s): Charon, Rita, Program in Narrative Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY, US
Name of publisher: New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press, 2006. xvi, 266 pp.
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Summary:
(from the jacket) Narrative medicine has emerged in response to a health care system that places corporate and bureaucratic concerns over the needs of the patient and that leaves patients feeling abandoned and unheard. Generated from a confluence of sources including humanities and medicine, primary care medicine, narratology, and the study of doctor-patient relationships, narrative medicine is medicine practiced with the competence to recognize, absorb, interpret, and be moved by the stories of illness. By recognizing the temporal complexity of clinical events, by establishing connections using metaphor and figural language, and by making genuine contact with patients through storytelling, 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 in and authority on narrative medicine. In this important and long-awaited book she provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the conceptual principles underlying narrative medicine, as well as a practical guide for implementing narrative methods in health care. A true milestone in the field, it will interest general readers as well as experts in medicine, medical humanities, clinical education, and literary theory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The article is a true milestone in the field, it will interest general readers as well as experts in medicine, medical humanities, clinical education, and literary theory
Where to find it: PsycINFO Database Record http://web.ebscohost.com.offcampus.dam.unito.it/ehost/detail?vid=4&hid=111&sid=039662d8-d637-4520-b895-59b305c5b495%40sessionmgr110&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=psyh&AN=2006-05640-000

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