The Chief Concern of Medicine: The Integration of the Medical Humanities and Narrative Knowledge into Medical Practices (Hardcover)

The Chief Concern of Medicine: The Integration of the Medical Humanities and Narrative Knowledge into Medical Practices By Ronald Schleifer, Jerry Vannatta Cover Image

The Chief Concern of Medicine: The Integration of the Medical Humanities and Narrative Knowledge into Medical Practices (Hardcover)

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Unlike any existing studies of the medical humanities, The Chief Concern of Medicine brings to the examination of medical practices a thorough---and clearly articulated---exposition of the nature of narrative. The book builds on the work of linguistics, semiotics, narratology, and discourse theory and examines numerous literary works and narrative "vignettes" of medical problems, situations, and encounters. Throughout, the book presents usable expositions of the ways storytelling organizes itself to allow physicians and other healthcare workers (and even patients themselves) to be more attentive to and self-conscious about the information---the "narrative knowledge"---of the patient's story.

Ronald Schleifer, Ph.D., is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of English and Adjunct Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma.
 

Jerry B. Vannatta, M.D., is a David Ross Boyd Professor of Medicine and the John Flack Burton Professor of Humanities in Medicine at the University of Oklahoma.

Product Details ISBN: 9780472118595
ISBN-10: 0472118595
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: January 28th, 2013
Pages: 472
Language: English