Doctor's stories, Global Health, Patient's Stories

Stories Matter…How Narrative Medicine Is Socializing The Art Of Healing

Radical Listening requires close attention to details for observing while being fully present.

She later told me that she could now see him without the label, and celebrate his birth. He had brought a special beauty into her life.

In Narrative medicine(NM), the student learns the skill of dwelling deeply into the literary work by close reading, observing and/or listening. The close reader studies the elements of “temporality, narrative situation, voice, metaphor, and mood” (Rita Charon) and applies this methodology, to “ enter into” the patient’s experience. Just like a lens, NM gives the observer the apparatus to focus on the struggle the patient may feel in that fractured, ambiguous space.

So, is Narrtive Medicine an amalgamation of medical knowledge and humanism in medicine?

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