Gail Gauthier: Story And Medicine
From: Original Content
August 10, 2012 at 11:56AM
Diagnosis: Storyteller is an interesting post at Writer Unboxed in which the author describes doctors thinking of diagnosing ailments in terms of “selecting the most plausible storyline for your illness.” It caught my attention because it’s an example of how the whole concept of “story” is so important to our lives, and because I saw a video this past winter in which Lee Gutkind talked about narrative medicine.
Gutkind went beyond the descriptions of narrative medicine I’ve seen elsewhere, past medical people understanding story to help them listen and absorb from patients, to medical people understanding story so they can place information for patients into a story framework in order to help them understand and remember unfamiliar material.