Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine

Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine

by Peter L. Rudnytsky, Rita Charon
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State University of New York Press
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Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine

Contributors explore the significance of literature and psychoanalysis for medical education and practice.

In this pioneering volume, Peter L. Rudnytsky and Rita Charon bring together distinguished contributors from medicine, psychoanalysis, and literature to explore the multiple intersections between their respective fields and the emerging discipline of narrative medicine, which seeks to introduce the values and methods of literary study into clinical education and practice. Organized into four sections—contextualizing narrative medicine, psychoanalytic interventions, the patient’s voice, and acts of reading—the essays take the reader into the emergency room, the consulting room, and the classroom. They range from the panoramas of intellectual history to the close-ups of literary and clinical analysis, and they speak with the voice of the patient as well as the physician or professor, reminding us that these are often the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791473528
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/07/2008
Series: SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Peter L. Rudnytsky

Part I Contextualizing Narrative Medicine

1. Where Does Narrative Medicine Come From? Drives, Diseases, Attention and the Body
Rita Charon

2. Desire and Obesity: Dickens, Endocrinology, Pulmonary Medicine, and Psychoanalysis
Sander L. Gilman

3. Pinel and the Pendulum
Richard Lewis Holt

4. Narrative Medicine and Negative Capability
Terrence Holt

Part II Psychoanalytic Interventions

5. “The Past Is a Foreign Country”: Some Uses of Literature in the Psychoanalytic Dialogue
Vera J. Camden

6. It’s Really More Complicated Than You Imagine: Narratives of Real and Imagined Trauma
Bennett Simon

7. Narrative and Feminine Empathy: James to Kristeva
Janet Sayers

8. The Fortunate Physician: Learning from Our Patients
Fred L. Griffin

Part III The Patient’s Voice

9. Learning How to Tell
Lisa J. Schnell

10. Imagining Immunity
Ed Cohen

11. A Perspective on the Role of Stories as a Mechanism of Meta-Healing
Kimberly R. Myers

12. The Discourse of Disease: Patient Writing at the “University of Tuberculosis”
Jean S. Mason

Part IV Acts of Reading

13. The Teaching Cure
Jeffrey Berman

14. Reading, Listening, and Other Beleaguered Practices in General Psychiatry
Neil Scheurich

15. Uncertain Truths: Resistance and Defiance in Narrative
Schuyler W. Henderson

16. Narrative and Beyond
Geoffrey Hartman


Material and Metaphor: Narrative Treatment for the Embodied Self
Rita Charon

Notes on Contributors

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