While medical language is soaked in metaphor, and thinking with metaphor is central to diagnostic work, medicine – that is, medical culture, clinical practice and medical education – outwardly rejects metaphor for objective, literal scientific language. This thought-provoking book argues that this is a misstep, and critically considers what embracing the use of metaphors and similes might mean for shaping medical culture, and especially the doctor–patient relationship, in a healthy way.
Thinking With Metaphors in Medicine explores:
Outlining the kinds of metaphors and resemblances that inhabit medicine and how they shape practices and identities of doctors, colleagues and patients, this book demonstrates how the landscape of medicine may be reshaped through metaphor shift. It is an important work for all those interested in the use of language and rhetoric in medicine, whether hailing from a humanities, social science or healthcare background.
1. The Recovery of Metaphor in Medicine
2. Metaphors Make a Comeback
3. What Do We Know about Metaphors in Medicine and What Are The Consequences of Resisting Metaphor?
4. Medicine as War and Other Didactic Metaphors
5. Medical Metaphors as Resemblances: ‘Food for Thought’
6. Metaphors in Psychiatry
7. Aphorisms: Pocket-sized Medicine
8. Conclusions and Future Directions