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.
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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