Stories of Sickness / Edition 2

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Overview


Our personalities and our identities are intimately bound up with the stories that we tell to organize and to make sense of our lives. To understand the human meaning of illness, we therefore must turn to the stories we tell about illness, suffering, and medical care. Stories of Sickness explores the many dimensions of what illness means to the sufferers and to those around them, drawing on depictions of illness in great works of literature and in non-fiction accounts. The exploration is primarily philosophical but incorporates approaches from literature and from the medical social sciences. When it was first published in 1987, Stories of Sickness helped to inaugurate a renewed interest in the importance of narrative studies in health care. For the Second Edition the text has been thoroughly revised and significantly expanded. Four almost entirely new chapters have been added on the nature, complexities, and rigor of narrative ethics and how it is carried out. There is also an additional chapter on maladaptive ways of being sick that deals in greater depth with disability issues. Health care professionals, students of medicine and bioethics, and ordinary people coping with illness, no less than scholars in the health care humanities and social sciences, will find much of value in this volume.

Unique Features:
*Philosophically sophisticated yet clearly written and easily accessible
*Interdisciplinary approach--combines philosophy, literature, health care, social sciences
*Contains many fascinating stories and vignettes of illness drawn from both fiction and nonfiction
*A new and comprehensive overview of the "hot topic" of narrative ethics in medicine and health care

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

From reviews of the first edition:
"[Brody] shows us how literary criticism and social sciences can be applied to the tales of illness that doctors and patients tell one another....This rational, compassionate book should serve as a splendid text for courses in the medical humanities as they are now taught in medical schools....A pleasure to read."--Gerald Weissmann, MD, New York Times Book Review

"...a scholarly and weighty addition to the growing field of what might be called 'narrative based medicine'..." -Triple Helix

"A detailed, internally consistent philosophy of illness that can structure clinicians' observations and understanding of their patients' unique stories."--Anthony L. Suchman, M.D., Annals of Internal Medicine

"Brody skillfully blends literature, philosophy, and medicine in this volume to illustrate the concept of sickness and its effect upon the person....This book contains remarkable contributions to our philosophical and clinical understanding of the relation between the healing process and the patient narrative."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195151404
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Brody received his M.D. and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Michigan State University and completed a residency in Family Practice at the University of Virginia. He has been on the faculty at Michigan State University since 1980, serving as Director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University from 1985 to 2000.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Storytelling in Medicine
2. The Nature and Complexities of Narrative
3. Dimensions of Sickness
4. Sickness, Life Stories, and Self-Respect
5. Types of Stories about Sickness
6. Sick Roles: Practices and Life Plans
7. How Sickness Alters Experience
8. Sickness and Social Relations
9. Stories of Life with Disability
10. Maladaptive Ways of Being Sick
11. What is Narrative Ethics
12. How Does One Do Narrative Ethics
13. Rigor in Narrative Judgements
14. Ethics and the Life-Span Narrative
15. Conclusion: The Patient-Health Professional Relationship as a Narrative

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