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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Vulnerable medicine.
Name of author(s): Bochner, Arthur P., Department of Communication, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, US, abochner@cas.usf.edu
Name of publisher: United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis.
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Summary:
Reviews the book, Narrative medicine: Honoring the stories of illness by R. Charon (see record 2006-05640-000). The author paints an original and humane portrait of what it can mean to be a doctor, to live a life immersed in sickness and dedicated to wellness. Rita Charon drops the veil, inviting readers to look at the secret, subjective, emotional face of medicine, a zone of self-censored feelings and desires cloaked in secrecy as if they were a source of shame and embarrassment. The author allows, even encourages, her readers to peek into the personal side of medicine, where they can glimpse what may be going on inside the doctor who treats them. The picture she shows is not an x-ray, but it is a representation both unfamiliar and inaccessible to the untrained eye. The author is performing heart surgery on medicine and medical education. The patient has poor circulation and a weak pulse. She may not survive if she doesn’t get help immediately. Nothing less than a complete paradigm shift will suffice. Not a simple bypass or transplant, this is radical surgery—narrative surgery! Medicine needs a new storyline; a different plot structure; fresh metaphors; distinctive characters; modified scenes; a new moral to the story—medical education with a conscience and a concern for the interior lives of doctors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Medicine needs a new storyline; a different plot structure; fresh metaphors; distinctive characters; modified scenes; a new moral to the story—medical education with a conscience and a concern for the interior lives of doctors
Where to find it: PsycINFO Database http://web.ebscohost.com.offcampus.dam.unito.it/ehost/detail?vid=5&hid=111&sid=039662d8-d637-4520-b895-59b305c5b495%40sessionmgr110&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=psyh&AN=2009-07138-006

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