Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine

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Peter L. Rudnytsky, Rita Charon
SUNY Press, Jan 17, 2008 - Medical - 320 pages
Contributors explore the significance of literature and psychoanalysis for medical education and practice.

In this pioneering volume, Peter L. Rudnytsky and Rita Charon bring together distinguished contributors from medicine, psychoanalysis, and literature to explore the multiple intersections between their respective fields and the emerging discipline of narrative medicine, which seeks to introduce the values and methods of literary study into clinical education and practice. Organized into four sections—contextualizing narrative medicine, psychoanalytic interventions, the patient’s voice, and acts of reading—the essays take the reader into the emergency room, the consulting room, and the classroom. They range from the panoramas of intellectual history to the close-ups of literary and clinical analysis, and they speak with the voice of the patient as well as the physician or professor, reminding us that these are often the same.

Peter L. Rudnytsky is Professor of English at the University of Florida and editor of the journal American Imago. Rita Charon is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and coeditor of the journal Literature and Medicine.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART I Contextualizing Narrative Medicine
21
PART II Psychoanalytic Interventions
97
PART III The Patients Voice
167
PART IV Acts of Reading
227
Material and Metaphor Narrative Treatment for the Embodied Self
287
Notes on Contributors
295
Index
301
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Peter L. Rudnytsky is Professor of English at the University of Florida and editor of the journal American Imago.

Rita Charon is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and coeditor of the journal Literature and Medicine.

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