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Narrative Medicine and Medical Narrative

December 2, 2011

Tags: narrative medicine, medical narrative, illness as narrative

At a narrative medicine workshop at Columbia University, I learned that narrative training with stories of illness "enables practitioners to comprehend patientsí experiences and to understand what they themselves undergo as clinicians." In The Wounded Storyteller, Arthur Frank writes about restitution narratives (in which the narrator, expecting to get well again, is focused on the technology of cure), chaos narratives (in which the narrator sees illness lasting forever, with no respite), and quest narratives (more…)