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I: What is Narrative Medicine 1: The Sources of Narrative Medicine 2: Bridging Health Care's Divides 3: Narrative Features of Medicine II: Narratives of Illness 4: Telling One's Life 5: The Patient, the Body, and the Self III: Developing Narrative Competence 6: Close Reading 7: Attention, Representation, and Affiliation 8: The Parallel Chart IV: Dividends of Narrative Medicine 9: Bearing Witness 10: The Bioethics of Narrative Medicine 11: A Narrative Vision for Health Care References Index


It is a compelling mix, backed by the unusual authority of a physician who is also a literary scholar. ... Narrartive Medicine is practical enough to be beneficial to the clinician, yet sufficiently theoretical to serve as a seminal text in the field. Even master clinicians can gain from the knowledge and skills presented here. Charon has written an inspired and inspiring book; and, in her stories of patients and students, she is a role model for us all. The Lancet, Vol 370,

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