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Narrativity and medicine: Some critical reflections
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013). Region Värmland.
2019 (English)In: Philosophy Ethics and Humanities in Medicine, ISSN 1747-5341, E-ISSN 1747-5341, Vol. 14, article id 9Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last three decades there has been a wave of interest in narrative and narrativity in the humanistic and the social sciences. This narrative turn has spilled over to medicine, where narrative medicine has gained a considerable influence.However, there have also appeared second thoughts on the role of narratives in our lives, as well as on what narratives may mean in relation to clinical medicine.This article presents some influential voices in this debate and scrutinizes the assumptions of narrative medicine in the light of these. It is concluded that there are sound reasons to tread this path with some caution and avoid the too far reaching ambitions on behalf of narrativity in relation to clinical medicine. However, narrative medicine should still be seen as a promising attempt within the broader scope of medical humanities to emphasize the importance of human subjectivity in clinical medicine.

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BioMed Central, 2019. Vol. 14, article id 9
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Narrativity, Narrative, Narrative medicine, Empathy, Clinical encounter
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74210DOI: 10.1186/s13010-019-0078-3ISI: 000475709200001PubMedID: 31307498OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-74210DiVA, id: diva2:1340640
Available from: 2019-08-06 Created: 2019-08-06 Last updated: 2019-08-14Bibliographically approved

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