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Stories Matter

The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics, 1st Edition

Edited by Rita Charon, Martha Montello


254 pages

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"Many of the contributors to Stories Matter are major players in [the] narrative movement. Here, they practice what they preach, building their essays on stories of patients…This collection provides a fascinating introduction to the field of narrative ethics. It points readers in myriad directions…It should prove useful to ethicists, health care professionals, patients' advocates, and patients themselves, as they collaboratively write a new story of ethical behavior." -- New England Journal of Medicine

"Stories Matter assembles a stellar cast of literary theorists and bioethicists to make the most systematic case yet for the importance of literary studies to humane, ethical medical practice. Bioethicists, medical humanists, and reflective clinical practitioners will find this a valuable addition to the rapidly growing literature on narrative ethics." -- Arthur W. Frank, author of The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics

"Stories have assumed an influential place in reshaping the morphology of contemporary biomedical ethics. Anyone interested in assessing the eventual place of narrative in moral reasoning and case consultation should read these essays." -- Edmund D. Pellegrino, editor of Jewish and Catholic Bioethics: An Ecumenical Dialogue

"The papers are thoughtful and careful, and advance the discussion of medical narratives

." -- Christian Perring, Dowling College, Long Island, Metapsychology Online Review

About the Editors

Rita Charon, M.D. is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the Program in Humanities and Medicine at Columbia University. Martha M. Montello is Associate Professor of History and the Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical School.

About the Series

Reflective Bioethics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Ethics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General