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Contemporary health care has reached extraordinary sophistication in its technical capacities. Many patients are unhappy with the way they are treated and doctors feel estranged from the calling that drew them to medicine. Yet Arthur W. Frank shows how generosity is being restored to medicine: generosity both toward others and to oneself. The Renewal of Generosity presents stories that show demoralized medicine being transformed into caring relationships. The book tells stories of illness, medical work, and nursing in which people choose to act in ways that affirm their humanity. These stories can be both a source of consolation for the ill and for professionals alike, and they can be an impetus to changing medical systems. Frank shows how generosity is being renewed through dialogue and the difference between authentic dialogue and mere talk. His is a book about medicine as the face-to-face encounter that comes before and after pharmaceuticals, surgeries, and diagnostics. It is a book for people on both sides of the medical encounter who want to offer more to those they meet, and who want a more enriching experience for themselves. A work of enormous grace and compassion, The Renewal of Generosity makes an invaluable contribution to our expanding vision of illness and healing.
Acknowledgments Introduction A Hospitable Welcome
1. Lost in the Tunnel
2. The Dialogical Stoic
3. The Generosity of the Ill
4. Physicians' Generosity
5. "So that I can carry on"
6. Unfinalized Generosity Notes Index