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Document Typology: Book
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Narrative medicine in places of training and care
Name of author(s): Garrino Lorenza
Name of publisher: Edi Ermes Divisione Centro Scientifico Editore, Milano 2010
Language of the publication: Italian
Language of the review: English
The text explores narrative medicine to better know and to deepen this point of view, getting to the heart of some aspects related to the use of narrative and introducing some practical experiences.
The growing development in the scientific and technological field which is noticeable in places of care, often leaves the mark of the subject’s personal history. The Narrative medicine is therefore the recognition point of the complexity of the person and his experience as a patient.
It represents a paradigm for overcoming the epistemological limits of the biomedical linear causality pattern, reaffirming the richness of the multiple humanistic approaches. The text highlights that narrative medicine leads to the improvement of the nursed person point of view in a process of involvement and sharing of care.
The narrative perspective also examines and goes through a series of roles like physicians, nurses and health care professionals that become story tellers of the patients’ experience by making these emotions, difficulties and experiences known.
By facing firsthand the disease, the same health care providers feel the need to tell the experience that leads them to be subjected to a world where at first they were the protagonists and now, in some sort of reversal of roles, they must face the method of a Healthcare system that does not consider them as such anymore.

The narrative action concurs to sharpen the listening, understanding skills and to respect the assisted person. Narrative can help to discover different dimensions of themselves and of their educational process: the learner tells the reasons for the care work, the learning experiences, the first time getting in touch with the patient, their stories and event of illness where others have been taken care of him/her.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The text stresses on the important approach of Narrative medicine, which enhances the recognition of the complexity of the person and his/her story as a sick person. This is a side that in places of care is often left in the background by the increasing scientific and technological development.
The narrative perspective concerns not only the patient but also physicians, nurses, health care professionals that through the expression of emotions, difficulties and experiences become storytellers of their experience as carers.
During the training paths addressed to the health care staff the narrative methodology aims to develop new attitudes both towards themselves and the functions carried out, learning to pondering how to learn and live the relationship with the patient, the illness and the death experience.
The text gathers the original contributions from authors that are professionals in the world of care and training. Besides a glimpse at Narrative medicine, to understand and deepen into this perspective, it shows the aspects related to its use and experiences of application in various health care settings.
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