New Open Access Publication – The Development of Narrative Practices in Medicine c.1960–c.2000

A new volume from the Wellcome Witness to Contemporary Medicine series: ‘… if I have to explain to someone, like the anthropologist from Mars, what any of these words like compassion or whatever is, sooner or later I have to tell them a story.’ Professor Arthur Frank ‘I went back to read Freud’s case histories Read the full article…

Anxieties of communication: the limits of narrative in the medical humanities

What is and should be the role of narrative in the medical humanities? Responding to Angela Woods’ 2011 paper The limits of narrative, Dr Claire McKechnie (Glasgow Centre for Population Health) advances the discussion in her recent article for the BMJ Medical Humanities journal “Anxieties of communication: the limits of narrative in the medical humanities.” Read the full article…

Special Issue on Narrative Health Psychology (CfP, Deadline: 31st March 2014)

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Narrative Health Psychology for the Journal of Health Psychology Guest editors: Michael Murray, Anneke Sools, and Gerben Westerhof Although stories and storytelling have been an intrinsic part of psychology since the emergence of the discipline, a narrative approach became more prominently and explicitly articulated in the 1980s. This early Read the full article…

‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority (Registration Now Open, University of Glasgow, 23-­25 August 2013)

We’re delighted to announce that registration for the conference, ‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority, has opened. The conference will be hosted by the Medical Humanities Research Centre at the University of Glasgow from 23-25 August 2013. The plenary speakers will be: Professor Rita Charon (Columbia University): ‘To Write is to Undergo’ Professor Paul Crawford Read the full article…

“A Narrative Future for Healthcare”: Lancet Open Access “Comment” by Brian Hurwitz & Rita Charon

Readers of our blog may be interested to read the Open Access “Comment” piece “A narrative future for healthcare“, published by Brian Hurwitz and Rita Charon in The Lancet, which is timed to coincide with the conference “A Narrative Future for Healthcare” to be held at King’s College London on June 19–21, 2013 (see our previous posting about Read the full article…

Narrative Medicine, Illness & Caregiving / Reading from Woolf’s “On Being Ill” (Talk, New York, 23 April 2013)

Please join Carol Gilligan, Jane Marcus, and Rita Charon as they discuss Virginia Woolf, Julia Stephen, Narrative Medicine, illness, and care giving, and read from Virginia Woolf’s On Being Ill with Notes from Sick Rooms by Julia Stephen,  Virginia Woolf’s mother. Introduction by Jan Freeman, Director of Paris Press and poet. Q & A and Read the full article…

Narrative Medicine in the 21st Century: A Multi-disciplinary Conference (Ohio, April 5-6, 2013)

Narrative Medicine in the 21st Century: A Multi disciplinary Conference April 5-6, 2013 The Wexner Center for the Arts, Film/Video Theater, The Ohio State University ‘Proponents of the field of narrative medicine believe the humanities can prepare patients and physicians to deal with illness.’  Ira Flatow, Science Friday, National Public Radio Find out why medical students and practitioners are Read the full article…

‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority (CfP, Conference, Medical Humanities Research Centre, University of Glasgow, 23-­25 August 2013)

* CfP deadline extended to March 18 * From nurses, physicians and surgeons to administrators, caregivers, physiotherapists, technicians, veterinarians and voluntary sector workers, this conference adopts the term ‘attentive writers’ as evocative of the multitude of both non-professional and professional caregivers – clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers – whose attention to illness might take narrative Read the full article…