Patient Narratives

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"Narratives" or stories have been used throughout the history of the human race to allow and help people to express themselves in ways that promote personal growth and enhance physical well-being. Even in the simplest of contexts, narratives are a core factor in the advancement of the humanity/society and all of its facets. An illustration of this can be seen in the transfer of a family 's lineage, history, and values from generation to generation. This allows for the recipient of this information to have a greater knowledge of his/her own family and the history surrounding it. Oral narratives and writings, such as journals, stories, or speeches to others are stress-relieving mechanisms that can reduce the external stress. The narrating of …show more content…

25) For the average human, listening to stories as told through the body of an ill person is not exactly anyone 's idea of a good time. These stories told are, on most occasions, easily neglected or brushed aside by listeners because of their own feeling or thought of the possibility that they too might one day be afflicted with a disease or illness similar to the sufferer. "Listening is hard, but is also a fundamental moral act; to realize the best potential in postmodern times requires an ethics of listening. In listening for the other, we listen for ourselves." (Frank, pg. 26) In lesser words, this statement depicts the need to listen as a moral act. In a sense, it is a person 's duty to listen to the stories of the ill. In doing so, one can more fully comprehend the story being told and in turn, be able to relate in some way to the patient. This allows for a more full understanding of what the patient is going through and opens the eyes of the listener in ways that are beneficial for him/her. This way of thinking often deteriorates when the listener is not just a friend or family, but the appointed physician or doctor.

Narrative ethics is a term that has recently been abundant in the field of medicine. The term "narrative ethics" is often used in union with how a physician listens or goes about listening to a patient 's story. It is easily understandable, that after years of practicing medicine, a physician may grow indifferent to the many stories told by

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