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A few years ago, at the end of a seminar in our psychosocial medicine course for second-year medical students, several students asked me if I would mind cancelling the next class to allow them to prepare for an upcoming pathology examination. The symbolism, if unintentional, was hardly subtle. The paradigm shift from disease-centered medicine to person-centered medicine still has a long way to go. These books by two leaders in the field add depth and intellectual rigor to the new paradigm and expose the limitations of the old.
Both authors insist that the patient's story (not just the symptoms) is
Stories of SicknessThe Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing and the Human Condition. Ann Intern Med. ;109:257. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-3-257_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(3):257.
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