2nd Edition

Storytelling in Medicine How narrative can improve practice

Edited By Colin Robertson, Gareth Clegg, James Huntley Copyright 2024
    184 Pages 2 Color & 29 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    184 Pages 2 Color & 29 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    184 Pages 2 Color & 29 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    This unique, practical book for healthcare trainees, practitioners and educators 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, this updated and expanded second edition remains an invaluable teaching aid for educators working in both small and large formats, and for under- and postgraduate students.

    1. To begin at the beginning
    2. Colin Robertson and Gareth Clegg

    3. The power of narrative and story
    4. Colin Robertson and Gareth Clegg

    5. Stories in the consultation
    6. Graham Easton

    7. The patient’s story, the doctor’s story
    8. Fiona Nicol

    9. Children and story
    10. Jim Huntley

    11. Story as performance
    12. Jacques Kerr

    13. A student’s story
    14. Sarah Richardson and Colin Robertson

    15. Stories in medical education and training
    16. Allan Cumming

    17. A hospital’s story
    18. Jim Huntley

    19. A paramedic’s story
    20. Joel Symmons

    21. You should write
    22. Jim Huntley

    23. The end of the story?

    Colin Robertson and Fiona Nicol



    Colin Robertson is Honorary Professor, Accident and Emergency Medicine and Surgery, University of Edinburgh, UK.

    Gareth Clegg is Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant, Emergency Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK.

    James Huntley is Professor of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.