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By Maria Giulia Marini

This booklet examines all elements of narrative medication and its price in making sure that, in an age of evidence-based medication outlined by way of medical trials, numbers, and chances, scientific technological know-how is firmly embedded within the clinical humanities so that it will foster the certainty of medical instances and the supply of good sufferer care. The clinical humanities tackle what occurs to us after we are suffering from a illness and narrative drugs is an interdisciplinary strategy that emphasizes the significance of sufferer narratives in bridging quite a few divides, together with these among healthiness care pros and sufferers. The booklet covers the genesis of the clinical humanities and of narrative drugs and explores all features in their position in bettering healthcare. It describes how narrative medication is healing for the sufferer, complements the patient–doctor dating, and permits the id, through sufferers' tales, of the sentiments and reports which are attribute for every ailment. additionally, it explains tips to use narrative medication as a true clinical device. Narrative drugs will be of price for all caregivers: physicians, nurses, healthcare managers, psychotherapists, counselors, and social workers.

“Maria Giulia Marini takes a different and cutting edge method of narrative drugs. She sees it as supplying a bridge – certainly a number of varied bridges – among medical care and ‘humanitas’. With a delicate use of mythology, literature and metaphor at the one hand, and clinical reviews at the different, she exhibits how the guiding idea of narrative may collect the fragmented elements of the scientific enterprise”.

John Launer, Honorary advisor, Tavistock sanatorium, London UK

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While I could not do some manual tasks that I liked. I felt embarrassed in front of others. Even doctors wore short-sleeved shirts in summer—and sometimes the signs were right on the arms. I felt uncomfortable, I thought about what patients would think by seeing me so. Someone might have thought I was contagious. Today I live more peacefully with my hives. Ten years have passed. Statistically, in half the cases it should already be gone, but evidently this in the other half of the cases. So many things have changed in the last decade, worldwide and in the staff .

When I refer below to chaos narratives, I mean an anti-narrative of time without sequence, telling without mediation, and speaking about oneself without being fully able to reflect on oneself: Although I will continue to write of chaos stories being told, those stories cannot literally be told but can only be lived”. It’s a severe judgement on chaos stories, and it’s a position which denies the possibility to move back and forward between illness and health and between different levels of consciousness.

And then the diet! Draconian, impossible, impossible to follow. I only remember asking if an antidepressant was included—and then new exams. “You know I do not think that is the case, however, we should test for two cancer markers. . you know the paraneoplastic syndromes”. Okay, I did not believe it was my case but you never know. Luckily tests turned out negative! At that time I found relief working like crazy. Visits, visits, and still visits. I got home tired at night, sometimes really exhausted.

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