Narrative Medicine News

Rita Charon Enhances Care By Exploring the Narratives of Clinicians and Patients

The faculty member of the M.S. in Narrative Medicine program speaks about what inspired her to use the tools of literature to enhance medical practice.

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D. T. Max on the Mysteries of Sickness and Death

Author D. T. Max discusses a family plagued by a mysterious, fatal insomnia, their hesitation to learn more about its cause, and his responsibility in chronicling their journey.

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Amy Arbus Explores the Intersection of Visual Art, Mental Health, and Narrative Medicine

At the first Narrative Medicine Rounds talk of the 2014 season, the editorial and commercial photographer discussed healing, art, and the art of healing.

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Dr. Rita Charon Will Receive 2014 Gene D. Cohen Award

The annual award honors a professional whose research in the field of creativity and aging celebrates longevity.

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Creative Director Nellie Hermann Discusses the Intersection of Literature and Medicine

How can storytelling expand our understanding of illness, grief, and care? Nellie Hermann, creative director of Columbia's narrative medicine master's program, explains.

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Inside Higher Ed: With Narrative Medicine, Humanities Scholars Can Support Health Educators

With the so-called crisis in the humanities, liberal arts students should consider programs in narrative medicine.

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Prof. Jack Saul on Trauma, Community, and Healing

Prof. Saul, author of "Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster," discussed his experiences counseling traumatized populations in Kosovo, Chile, and the neighborhoods in and around Ground Zero.

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David Small on Family, Trauma, and His Graphic Memoir

Children's book author and graphic memoirist David Small joined Narrative Medicine Rounds to talk about his experiences with cancer, his dysfunctional family, and how therapy helped him cope with his traumatic upbringing.

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Aleksandar Hemon on Storytelling, Grief, and American Medical Care

At the October 2013 edition of Narrative Medicine Rounds, author Aleksandar Hemon read from his essay “The Aquarium” on his daughter’s isolating illness, took questions, and reflected on the purpose of writing and storytelling, American medical care, grief, and the language of catastrophe.

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A Recap of the Narrative Future for Health Care Conference

Last month, several hundred delegates gathered at Kings College, London, for the first international Narrative Future for Health Care Conference, co-organized by Rita Charon, founder of Columbia's Narrative Medicine program.

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