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Body & Soul: Narratives of Healing from Ars Medica
     

Body & Soul: Narratives of Healing from Ars Medica

by Aaron Orkin (With), Allison Crawford (Editor), Rex Kay (Editor), Allan D. Peterkin (Editor), Robin Roger (Editor)
 

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Illness affects us all; we are called on to support and care for loved ones who face health challenges, and in turn, we encounter our own physical and emotional frailties when our health declines. Body & Soul features inspiring and award-winning fiction, essays, memoirs, poetry, photography, and visual art on the universal themes of wellness, treatment, and

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Illness affects us all; we are called on to support and care for loved ones who face health challenges, and in turn, we encounter our own physical and emotional frailties when our health declines. Body & Soul features inspiring and award-winning fiction, essays, memoirs, poetry, photography, and visual art on the universal themes of wellness, treatment, and healing.

Told from the points of view of patients, practitioners, caregivers, families, and friends, Body & Soul provides a powerful literary perspective on how we are challenged, bewildered, changed, and uplifted by our encounters with change, illness, and disease. Readers will appreciate the richness, depth, and diversity of these healing stories and will become motivated to generate and share their own transformative narratives.

Together with the online discussion guide (providing questions relating to selected pieces in the anthology), Body & Soul is an ideal text for courses and support groups as well as individual reflection. Students and practitioners from all clinical disciplines and scholars in the humanities and social sciences will find this text invaluable.

Editorial Reviews

Medical Humanities Journal, December 2012 - David Gelipter
‘I read stories that moved me, stories with humour, stories that made my eyes moist…This book is a wonderful learning tool not just for practitioners, but for everyone. It is also a joy to read. Buy it.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442612907
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
11/26/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Antanas Selekas
Body & Soul comes from a brilliant collective of health professionals and patients whose insights are intellectual, humane and literary. I have watched the editors work their magic for years and there is no more sensitive and stimulating group I know now working in Canadian literature.‘
Arthur W. Frank
Body & Soul makes the distinct contribution of offering multiple perspectives on illness and care. In these pages, we hear the voices of patients, their families and friends, and those who offer professional care. This collection will be of particular value to teachers of healing arts and reflective practice. No other volume I know covers such a broad spectrum of experiences, each richly articulated.‘
Barbara Sibbald
Body & Soul tosses a rescue rope across the growing chasm between science and humanism. These poignant and powerful pieces speak volumes about the healing properties of narrative medicine from the perspective of health care professions and patients as well as their families. This is medical humanities at its finest.‘

Meet the Author

Aaron Orkin is an associate editor at Ars Medica.

Aliison Crawford is a founding editor of Ars Medica.

Rex Kay is a founding editor of Ars Medica.

Allan D. Peterkin is Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto where he heads the Program in Health, Arts and Humanities. He is the author of 14 books for adults and children including Staying Human During Residency Training (University of Toronto Press) now in its sixth edition

Robin Rogers is a founding editor of Ars Medica.

Ronald Ruskin is a founding editor of Ars Medica.

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