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Stories Matter : The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics - Rita Charon

Stories Matter

The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics

By: Rita Charon (Editor), Martha Montello (Editor)

Paperback Published: 14th June 2002
ISBN: 9780415928380
Number Of Pages: 254

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Stories Matter examines the many ways that narrative methods of analysis and interpretation are transforming the work of medicine and ethics. The contributors-philosophers, literary scholars, psychologists, and physicians-offer new understandings of the implications of stories for the ethical practice of medicine. The book's double attention to theory and practice provides both clear conceptual content and a practical guide to using narrative ethics in the service of patients and their families. The doctor patient relationship starts with a story. Doctors' notes, a patient's chair, the recommendations of ethics committees and insurance justifications all hinge on written and verbal narrative interaction. The "practice" of narrative profoundly affects decision making, patient health and treatment and the everyday practice of medicine. In this edited collection, the contributors provide conceptual foundations, practical guidelines and theoretical considerations central to the practice of narrative ethics.

""Stories Matter assembles a stellar cast of literary theorists and bioethicists to make the most systematic case yet for the importance of literary studies to humane, ethical medical practice. Bioethicists, medical humanists, and reflective clinical practitioners will find this a valuable addition to the rapidly growing literature on narrative ethics." -Arthur W. Frank, author of "The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics "Stories have assumed an influential place in reshaping the morphology of contemporary biomedical ethics. Anyone interested in assessing the eventual place of narrative in moral reasoning and case consultation should read these essays." -Edmund D. Pellegrino, editor of "Jewish and Catholic Bioethics: An Ecumenical Dialogue "Many of the contributors to Stories Matter are major players in [the] narrative movement. Here, they practice what they preach, building their essays on stories of patients...This collection provides a fascinating introduction to the field of narrative ethics. It points readers in myriad directions....It should prove useful to ethicists, health care professionals, patients' advocates, and patients themselves, as they collaboratively write a new story of ethical behavior.." -New England Journal of Medicine "The papers are thoughtful and careful, and advance the discussion of medical narratives ." -Christian Perring, Dowling College, Long Island, "Metapsychology Online Review

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction. Memory and Anticipation: The Practice of Narrative Ethicsp. ix
Narrative Knowledge
Narratives of Human Plight: A Conversation with Jerome Brunerp. 3
The Ethics of Medicine, as Revealed in Literaturep. 10
Like an Open Book: Reliability, Intersubjectivity, and Textuality in Bioethicsp. 21
Narrative Components of Bioethics
Context: Backward, Sideways, and Forwardp. 39
Voice in the Medical Narrativep. 48
Time and Ethicsp. 59
The Idea of Characterp. 69
Plot: Framing Contingency and Choice in Bioethicsp. 77
The Reader's Response and Why It Matters in Biomedical Ethicsp. 85
Case Studies in Narrative Ethics
The Narrative of Rescue in Pediatric Practicep. 97
Beyond the Authoritative Voice: Casting a Wide Net in Ethics Consultationp. 109
Of Symbols and Silence: Using Narrative and Its Interpretation to Foster Physician Understandingp. 119
Narrative Understanding and Methods in Psychiatry and Behavioral Healthp. 126
In the Absence of Narrativep. 138
Consequences of Using Narrative Methods
Narrative Ethics and Institutional Impactp. 149
Reconsidering Action: Day-to-Day Ethics in the Work of Medicinep. 154
The Color of the Wallpaper: Training for Narrative Ethicsp. 160
The Narrative Future of Ethics Practice
The Hyphenated Space: Liminality in the Doctor-Patient Relationshipp. 171
Narrative Ethics, Gene Stories, and the Hermeneutics of Consent Formsp. 183
Narrative, Ethics, and Pain: Thinking with Storiesp. 196
The Story Insidep. 219
Notes on Contributorsp. 227
Permissionsp. 233
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780415928380
ISBN-10: 0415928389
Series: Reflective Bioethics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 14th June 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1