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Miriam Solomon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198732617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732617.001.0001

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On Narrative Medicine

On Narrative Medicine

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Making Medical Knowledge

Miriam Solomon

Oxford University Press

Narrative medicine is the most prominent recent development in the medical humanities. Its central claim is that attention to narrative is essential for patient care. Narrative competence includes listening skills, empathy, narrative detective work, and making meaning. This chapter critically examines the central claims of narrative medicine. Using examples of narrative medicine in practice, it challenges the idea that narratives are singular, encourages an appreciation of the political dimensions of narrative, points out the fallibility of narrative knowledge, and probes the nature and necessity of the healing relationship.

Keywords:   narrative medicine, narrative, Rita Charon, empathy, healing relationship, Hilde Lindemann

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