Storytelling in Medicine : How Narrative can Improve Practice book cover
1st Edition

Storytelling in Medicine
How Narrative can Improve Practice

ISBN 9781785231377
Published August 1, 2016 by CRC Press
214 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Throughout our lives, story is the medium each of us uses to make sense of our environment and relationships. Stories provide meaning and context, enriching our experiences and equipping us with a framework to navigate our existence.

Storytelling in Medicine is aunique, practical book for healthcare trainees, practitioners and educators that explores the ideas and practice of narrative and storytelling that lie at the very heart of clinical medicine and the patient ‘experience’ of care. It shows how story and narrative can be used effectively to help convey concepts such as prognosis and the effect of illness upon life, and to prepare patients and their relatives for difficult and painful news.

Offering a particular insight into communication by and between healthcare professionals, and how it can be refocused and improved, the book is an invaluable teaching aid for educators working in both small and large formats, and for under- and postgraduate students.

Table of Contents

The Power of Story and the Importance of Narrative. The Patient’s Story. Children and Story. The Doctor’s Story. The Student’s Story. Teaching and the Medical Educator’s Story. Learning the Lessons from Performers. The Hospital’s Story. Story’s End.

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Colin Robertson, professor of accident and emergency medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK

Gareth Clegg, senior clinical lecturer, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Edinburgh; and consultant in emergency medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK


"This is an engaging book for clinicians and laypersons to help them understand medicine and hospitals and to enable them to view clinicians as human, present their symptoms and fears to their doctors, and be an active and engaged patient." - Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP(Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), Doody’s Book Review Service