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Books, Journals, New Media
August 27, 2003

Illness and NarrativeIllness and Narrative

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(8):1098. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1098-a

Howard Brody's Stories of Sickness appeared in its first edition in 1987 at a time when the use of narrative in medicine was a novel and relatively unexplored concept. Since its original publication, a small but growing body of literature has developed that is devoted to exploring the role of narrative in patient care. Howard Brody, an early leader in this field of inquiry, starts this book with the premise that patients' stories matter in ways that go far beyond their utility in providing a physician with a diagnosis. In a broad sense, he seeks to explore the various ways in which illness may affect a patient's life story, and also the extent to which participation in a narrative can impact the ill and those who care for them.

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