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When Treatment FailsHow medicine cares for dying children$
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David J. Bearison

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156126.001.0001

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Narrative Theory, Medicine, and Methods

Narrative Theory, Medicine, and Methods

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When Treatment Fails

David J. Bearison

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the narrative theory and how narratives or stories about caring for children who die in hospitals are able to capture the messy particulars found beyond the biological imperatives. It shows that these narratives are able to give voice to the quotidian pain and distress that these children invariably endure. The chapter also discusses how the narratives were obtained, and a guide to the remaining chapters is provided.

Keywords:   narrative theory, caring for children, pain and distress, narratives

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