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The Chief Concern of Medicine: The Integration of the Medical Humanities and Narrative Knowledge into Medical Practices
by Ronald Schleifer and Jerry Vannatta
University of Michigan Press, 2013
Cloth: 978-0-472-11859-5 | eISBN: 978-0-472-02886-3
Library of Congress Classification R727.3.S359 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 616.0751

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Unlike any existing studies of the medical humanities, The Chief Concern of Medicinebrings to the examination of medical practices a thorough---and clearly articulated---exposition of the nature of narrative. The book builds on the work of linguistics, semiotics, narratology, and discourse theory and examines numerous literary works and narrative "vignettes" of medical problems, situations, and encounters. Throughout, the book presents usable expositions of the ways storytelling organizes itself to allow physicians and other healthcare workers (and even patients themselves) to be more attentive to and self-conscious about the information---the "narrative knowledge"---of the patient's story.


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