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Narrative Medicine


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1 Evidence Based Medicine and Narrative Medicine: a harmonic couple.- 2 Bridging from mythology to contemporary care: the art of listening.- 3 Bridging from oral tradition to writing: the art of empathy.- 4 The tower of Babel: the language of physicians, patients and providers of care.- 5 Patient narrative as a probe for successful coping.- 6 The muted desire for well-being and the abuse of the word "normality" in medicine.- 7 Bridging the gap between personalization of care and research.- 8 The industry of illness-centered movies in medical humanities.- 9 Designing health care based on patient's needs and rights.- 10 Building a bridge between economic investment and medical humanities: the fears to overcome.- 11 A selection of narratives.


"Examining some of narrative medicine's foundational ideologies, Maria Giulia Marini discusses the epistemological value of interdisciplinary connectedness in 'Narrative Medicine: Bridging the Gap between Evidence-Based Care and Medical Humanities'. ... the book holds interesting ideas for medical humanities to further explore. ... The book is intended for a wide readership, and different audiences may benefit from various portions of the material." (Sandra Weems and Paulette Hahn, Centre for Medical Humanities,, May, 2016)"The book has a high value for the contents, and the merit to spread Narrative Medicine out of circumscribed environments, potentially communicating with anybody, in Italy and worldwide. ... 'Narrative Medicine. Bridging the Gap between Evidence-Based Care and Medical Humanities' is an unique work for the analysis of the sustainability of an humanistic approach ... . We wish this book will be read by patients, caregivers, doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists ... ." (Stefania Polvani,, April, 2016)

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