Tag Archives: illness

Frank, Arthur W. The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics

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“Since it was first published in 1995, The Wounded Storyteller has occupied a unique place in the body of work on illness. Both the collective portrait of a so-called “remission society” of those who suffer from some type of illness or disability and a cogent analysis of their stories within a larger framework of narrative theory, Arthur W. Frank’s book has reached a large and diverse readership including the ill, medical professionals, and scholars of literary theory.

Drawing on the work of authors such as Oliver Sacks, Anatole Broyard, Norman Cousins, and Audre Lorde, as well as from people he met during the years he spent among different illness groups, Frank recounts a stirring collection of illness stories, ranging from the well-known—Gilda Radner’s battle with ovarian cancer—to the private testimonials of people with cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, and disabilities. Their stories are more than accounts of personal suffering: they abound with moral choices and point to a social ethic.”

Publisher: University of Chicago Press (2nd edition)
Year: 2013
ISBN-10: 022600497X

Murray, R. Ethical dilemmas in healthcare: a practical approach through medical humanities

Medical humanities is a method of promoting the discussion of health care issues by using literary texts. Poems, short stories and novels about illness can provoke us into discussing not only medical conditions but also the attitudes, emotions, and underlying cultural values of patients and carers. It helps students develop compassion and empathy. In professional practice, it develops and maintains reflective practice. The author defines and explains the nature of medical humanities.
She then gives specific examples and case studies, and provides appropriate pieces of literature so that the reader can use this text as a source book.

Author: Murray, Rowena
Title: Ethical dilemmas in healthcare: a practical approach through medical humanities
Publisher: London, etc., Chapman & Has ll
Year: 1997
ISBN: 0412624303

Lupton, D. Medicine as Culture

The Second Edition of Medicine as Culture provides a broad overview of the way medicine is experienced, perceived and socially constructed in western societies. Drawing on the tradition of the sociology of health and illness, Deborah Lupton directs readers to an understanding of medicine, health care, illness and disease from a sociocultural perspective.

Author: Lupton, Deborah
Title: Medicine as Culture
Publisher: Sage
Year: 1994
ISBN: 0803989253

Plath, S. The Bell Jar

This novel is semi-autobiographical with the names of places and people changed. It is often regarded as a roman à clef, with the protagonist’s descent into mental illness paralleling Plath’s own experiences with what may have been either bipolar disorder or clinical depression.

Author:Plath, Sylvia
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Year: 2005
ISBN: 0571226167

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Kleinman, A. The illness narratives: suffering, healing and the human condition

Based on twenty years of clinical experience studying and treating chronic illness, a Harvard psychiatrist and anthropologist argues that diagnosing illness is an art tragically neglected by modern medical training, and presents a compelling case for bridging the gap between patient and doctor.

Author: Kleinman, Arthur
Title: The illness narratives: suffering, healing and the human condition
Publisher: New York, Basic Books
Year: 1988
ISBN: 0465032044

Jamison, Kay Redfield. Touched with Fire

The anguished and volatile intensity associated with the artistic temperament was once thought to be a symptom of genius or eccentricity peculiar to artists, writers and musicians. Kay Jamison’s work, based on her study as a clinical psychologist and researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists subject to exalted highs and despairing lows were in fact engaged in a struggle with clinically identifiable manic-depressive illness. Jamison presents proof of the biological foundations of this disease and applies what is known about the illness to the lives and works of some of the world’s greatest artists including Byron, Van Gogh, Schumann and Woolf.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd