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Narrative Medicine: The Use of History and Story in the Healing Process Lewis Mehl-Madrona Narrative Medicine The Use of History and Story in the Healing Process Seeks to restore the pivotal role of the patient s own story in the healing process Shows how conventional medicine tends to ignore the account of the patient Presents case histories where disease is

  • Title: Narrative Medicine: The Use of History and Story in the Healing Process
  • Author: Lewis Mehl-Madrona
  • ISBN: 9781591430650
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • Narrative Medicine: The Use of History and Story in the Healing Process Lewis Mehl-Madrona Seeks to restore the pivotal role of the patient s own story in the healing process Shows how conventional medicine tends to ignore the account of the patient Presents case histories where disease is addressed and healed through the narrative process Proposes a reinvention of medicine to include the indigenous healing methods that for thousands of years have drawn thSeeks to restore the pivotal role of the patient s own story in the healing process Shows how conventional medicine tends to ignore the account of the patient Presents case histories where disease is addressed and healed through the narrative process Proposes a reinvention of medicine to include the indigenous healing methods that for thousands of years have drawn their effectiveness from telling and listening Modern medicine, with its high tech and managed care approach, has eliminated much of what constitutes the art of healing those elements of doctoring that go beyond the medications prescribed The typically brief office visit leaves little time for doctors to listen to their patients, though it is in these narratives that disease is both revealed and perpetuated and can be released and treated Lewis Mehl Madrona s Narrative Medicine examines the foundations of the indigenous use of story as a healing modality Citing numerous case histories that demonstrate the profound power of narrative in healing, the author shows how when we learn to dialogue with disease, we come to understand the power of the story we tell about our illness and our possibilities for better health He shows how this approach also includes examining our relationships to our extended community to find any underlying disharmony that may need healing Mehl Madrona points the way to a new model of medicine a health care system that draws its effectiveness from listening to the healing wisdom of the past and also to the present day voices of its patients.
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    1. p 6 We can be multicultural, using several different anthologies of belief When we compare and contrast different knowledge systems, we learn what we prefer and how practical a given approach is for our particular context Description of study on which doctors get sued which don t on p 8 wow p 15 We use survival curves and statistics to talk about disease as if it were independent of the people who have it and their stories This so called natural history approach is grounded in the idea that the [...]

    2. Modern medicine needs this expansive, integrative view of health This book sheds light on the incredible hubris of western medicine in thinking that it has achieved understanding that far surpasses indigenous cultures As a physician who is disillusioned with the dehumanizing approaches of modern medicine, I appreciate the acknowledgement of the uniqueness of every patient s story and the importance of narrative in healing.

    3. I learned that we need to take an active role in our own healing, seek a variety of options and not trust Euro American Medicine What stories are we telling ourselves Connections and community are key to healing.

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