Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
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In Reply: I appreciate the attention to the
clinical, structural, and emotional dimensions of narrative medicine raised
in these letters. Dr Donnelly demonstrates how central are narrative acts
to medical practice. Although I did not discuess the teaching hospital chart
note, it is one among very many concrete applications of narrative frameworks
to medical practice. I suggest that the problem is not only in how we physicians
write in charts but, more fundamentally, what we have come to consider salient
to health and caring for illness. As we widen and deepen our notions of what
we need to know about patients, our writing will deepen accordingly.
Charon R. Patients' Stories as Narrative—Reply. JAMA. 2002;287(4):447-448. doi:10.1001/jama.287.4.447