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Rita Charon, Sayantani DasGupta et al.: The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine

Reviewed by Dr. Vera Kalitzkus, 2017-09-01

Cover Rita Charon, Sayantani DasGupta u.a.: The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine ISBN 978-0-19-936019-2

Rita Charon, Sayantani DasGupta, Nellie Hermann, Eric R. Marcus: The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine. Oxford University Press (Oxford OX2 6DP) 2016. 360 pages. ISBN 978-0-19-936019-2. 48,80 EUR.
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Rita Charon and colleagues present a profound introduction in background and application of narrative medicine according to their model at Columbia University. The book is well-researched and carefully revised. It concentrates on conveying narrative medicine in medical training and gives a wealth of material and suggestions for the theoretical underpinnings as well as for the practice in workshops and courses. The various examples of texts and descriptions from concrete work in the classroom make them vivid and good to comprehend. Innovative approaches for medical practice are mentioned but not in the focus of this book. Those interested in the meaning of narratives in medicine or in search of an approach that – feasible but challenging – promises a more human practice in the various fields of today´s healthcare system, will gain a lot from reading this book.

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Dr. Vera Kalitzkus
medical anthropologist, Institut für Allgemeinmedizin, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
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Vera Kalitzkus, 2017. Review of: Rita Charon, Sayantani DasGupta, Nellie Hermann, Eric R. Marcus: The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine. Oxford University Press 2016. ISBN 978-0-19-936019-2. In: socialnet Reviews, 2017-09-01. ISSN 2190-9245. Retrieved 2022-08-15 from https://www.socialnet.de/en/reviews/23281.php.


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