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Document Typology: Book
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Narrative medicine. Stories and words in the caring relationship
Name of author(s): Bert Giorgio
Name of publisher: Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore, Roma 2007
Language of the publication: Italian
Language of the review: English
Summary:
As Narrative medicine is not a discipline but a mental attitude of the physician, this book, in the same way, is not a manual of techniques but a map to discover a wide and fascinating territory still largely unknown, that is the world of the other: the patient.
Skills that have to do with relationship are therefore required. Since the relationship is an exchange of "narratives", it is convenient for the physician to learn reading the other’s narratives and discover the world of meanings, beliefs and myths that make the patient (as any person) a single and unrepeatable entity.
The book shows some of the training paths that help building this mind-set and draws a useful path for the physician who wishes to undertake the adventure in narrative medicine
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Narrative medicine is a set of high quality communicative skills that have to be acquired with a specific training. They help in preparing a physician for a mental attitude that facilitate the patient to express his/her illness experience, allowing the beginning of an effective therapeutic relationship.
This relation creates in turn a context of cooperation that increases not only the patient’s well-being but also the physician’s and this is a very important thing.
The humanities skills, especially like philosophy, ethics, anthropology and communication techniques should side to the full medical curriculum that is currently greatly oriented to on the biotechnology horizon.
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