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The Nature of Clinical MedicineThe Return of the Clinician$
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Eric Cassell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199974863

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199974863.001.0001

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Clarify the Chain of Events that Led to the Present State:

Clarify the Chain of Events that Led to the Present State:

The Case as a Narrative

(p.87) Chapter 4 Clarify the Chain of Events that Led to the Present State:
The Nature of Clinical Medicine

Eric J. Cassell

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, a simple case of an injury, an infected wound, shows the importance of a narrative of a case in order to understand how it started and then unfolded. Further insight into narrative reveals how much more it has to offer, all the way down to pathophysiology. Pathophysiology is a process, which is also narrative. Examples from movies show how narrative helps with finding cause and causality. The difference between them is also shown. Further information about narrative, which has become popular, and its usefulness for medicine are explored.

Keywords:   narrative, infected wound, pathophysiology, process, causality, cause

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