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Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics
Charon, Rita and Martha Montello (Eds)
Routledge / Softcover / 2002-06-01 / 0415928389
Medicine: General Medicine / Ethics
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"Stories Matter assembles a stellar cast of literary theorists and bioethicists to make the most systematic case yet for the importance of literary studies to humane, ethical medical practice. Bioethicists, medical humanists, and reflective clinical practitioners will find this a valuable addition to the rapidly growing literature on narrative ethics."
–Arthur W. Frank, author of The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics

"Stories have assumed an influential place in reshaping the morphology of contemporary biomedical ethics. Anyone interested in assessing the eventual place of narrative in moral reasoning and case consultation should read these essays."
–Edmund D. Pellegrino, editor of Jewish and Catholic Bioethics: An Ecumenical Dialogue

"Many of the contributors to Stories Matter are major players in [the] narrative movement. Here, they practice what they preach, building their essays on stories of patients...This collection provides a fascinating introduction to the field of narrative ethics. It points readers in myriad directions....It should prove useful to ethicists, health care professionals, patients' advocates, and patients themselves, as they collaboratively write a new story of ethical behavior.."
–New England Journal of Medicine


Introduction: Memory and Anticipation: The Practice of Narrative Ethics, Rita Charon and Martha M. Montello

Part I: Narrative Knowledge
1. Narratives of Human Plight: A Conversation with Jerome Bruner, Jerome Bruner
2. The Ethics of Medicine, as Revealed in Literature, Wayne Booth
3. Like an Open Book: Reliability, Intersubjectivity, and Textuality in Bioethics, Laurie Zoloth and Rita Charon

Part II: Narrative Components of Bioethics
4. Context: Backward, Sideways, and Forward, Hilde Lindemann Nelson
5. Voice in the Medical Narrative, Suzanne Poirer
6. Time and Ethics, Rita Charon
7. The Idea and Character, Anne Hunsaker Hawkins
8. Plot: Framing Contingency and Choice in Bioethics, Tod Chambers and Kathryn Montgomery
9. The Reader's Response and Why It Matters in Biomedical Ethics, Charles M. Anderson and Martha Montello

Part III: Case Studies in Narrative Ethics 10. The Narrative of Rescue in Pediatric Practice, Walter M. Robinson
11. Beyond the Authoritative Voice: Casting a Wide Net in Ethics Consultation, Susan B. Rubin
12. Of Symbols and Silence: Using Narrative and Its Interpretation to Foster Physician Understanding, Marcia Day Childress
13. Narrative Understanding and Methods in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Richard Martinez
14. In the Abscence of Narrative, Julia E. Connelly

Part IV: Consequences of Using Narrative Methods
15. Narrative Ethics and Institutional Impact, Howard Brody
16. Reconsidering Action: Day-to-Day Ethics in the Work of Medicine, John D. Lantos
17. The Color of the Wallpaper: Training for Narrative Ethics, Anne Hudson Jones

Part V: The Narrative Future of Ethics Practice
18. The Hyphenated Space: Liminality in the Doctor-Patient Relationship, Ronald A. Carson
19. Narrative Ethics, Gene Stories, and the Hermeneutics of Consent Forms, Larry R. Churchill
20. Narrative, Ethics, and Pain: Thinking with Stories, David B. Morris
21. The Story Inside, Joanne Trautmann Banks
Notes on Contributors


Charles M. Anderson, Joanne Trautmann Banks, Wayne Booth, Howard Brody, Jerome Bruner, Ronald A. Carson, Tod S. Chambers, Rita Charon, Marcia Day Childress, Larry R. Churchill, Julia E. Connelly, Anne Hunsaker Hawkins, Anne Hudson Jones, John D. Lantos, Richard Martinez, Martha Montello, Kathryn Montgomery, David B. Morris, Hilde Lindemann Nelson, Suzanne Poirier, Walter Robinson, Susan B. Rubin, Laurie Zoloth

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