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05/18/2017

From Silence into Language: Questioning the Power of Physician Illness Narratives

External Link - Source: AMA Journal of Ethics

Physicians’ narratives of their own experiences of illness can be a kind of empathic bridge across the divide between a professional healer and a sick patient. This essay considers ways in which physicians’ narratives of their own and family members’ experiences of cancer shape encounters with patients and patients’ experiences of illness.

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