Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness. Ann Intern Med. 2007;146:152. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-146-2-200701160-00021
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2007;146(2):152.
Charon R. 288 pages. New York: Oxford Univ Pr; 2006. $39.95. ISBN 0195166752. Order at http://www.oup.com.
Fields of medicine: Internal medicine and psychiatry.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: Medical educators interested in the physician–patient relationship.
Purpose: To define the discipline of narrative medicine, describe the components of competence in this new field, and examine how such competence can affect clinical practice.
Content: The 11 chapters provide a historical overview of narrative medicine and also serve as a manual for teaching close reading and reflective writing to medical students and health care professionals. In the first of 4 sections, the author discusses the sources and features of narrative medicine, followed by sections examining when, how, and why clinicians should master a discipline which posits that great literary texts can inform responses to their patients' illness histories. In each chapter, the internist author intersperses tales from her clinical work with readings from her favorite authors, conceptual frameworks that explain divides between physicians and patients, and pedagogic methods for teaching professionals to better attend to themselves and the sick. The humane argument of this book is that paying attention and thinking carefully about what one is seeing and hearing allow clinicians to affiliate with their patients, particularly when the patients are chronically ill, are experiencing symptoms of hidden traumas, or are at the end of life.
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