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Narrative Medicine: The Use of History and Story in the Healing Process

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Seeks to restore the pivotal role of the patient’s own story in the healing process

• Shows how conventional medicine tends to ignore the account of the patient

• Presents case histories where disease is addressed and healed through the narrative process

• Proposes a reinvention of medicine to include the indigenous healing methods that for thousands of years have drawn
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 11th 2007 by Bear Company
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Paul S. Zeitz
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great deep dive into the art of narrative medicine for a newcomer to this field like me!
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p. 6 "We can be multicultural, using several different anthologies of belief. When we compare and contrast different knowledge systems, we learn what we prefer and how practical a given approach is for our particular context."

Description of study on which doctors get sued & which don't on p. 8 - wow!

p. 15 "We use survival curves and statistics to talk about disease as if it were independent of the people who have it and their stories. This so-called natural history approach is grounded in
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Lindsay Abbott
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Modern medicine needs this more expansive, integrative view of health. This book sheds light on the incredible hubris of western medicine in thinking that it has achieved understanding that far surpasses indigenous cultures. As a physician who is disillusioned with the dehumanizing approaches of modern medicine, I appreciate the acknowledgement of the uniqueness of every patient's story and the importance of narrative in healing.
Mariana
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I learned that we need to take an active role in our own healing, seek a variety of options and not trust Euro-American Medicine. What stories are we telling ourselves? Connections and community are key to healing.
Todd
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is some good stuff. Best to keep it out of sight of the authorities.
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