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Narrative Medicine Resources

Rita Charon first used the phrase “narrative medicine” in 2000 to refer to clinical practice fortified by narrative competence . Narrative medicine is medicine performed with narrative skill and offered as a model for humanism and effective medical practice (1). illuminating medicine’s crucial narrative relations: physician and patient, physician and self, physician and colleagues, and physicians and society.


1. Charon R. Reading, writing, and doctoring: literature and medicine. Am J Med Sci. 2000;319(5):285–91

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Literature and Medicine

Founded in 1982, Literature and Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal publishing scholarship that explores representational and cultural practices concerning health care and the body. Areas of interest include disease, illness, health, and disability; violence, trauma, and power relations; and the cultures of biomedical science and technology and of the clinic, as these are represented and interpreted in verbal, visual, and material texts. 


British Medical Journal see Fillers (Editorials)

The BMJ's vision is to be the world's most influential and widely read medical journal. Our mission is to lead the debate on health and to engage, inform, and stimulate doctors, researchers, and other health professionals in ways that will improve outcomes for patients. 


Health Affairs see Narrative Matters Series

Health Affairs focuses on the serious exploration of domestic and global health policy. Topic areas feature the full range of Health Affairs' content - including journal, blog, briefs, and more. 


The New England Journal of Medicine see Medicine and Society Series

The mission of the Journal is to bring readers the best research at the interface of biomedical science and clinical practice, presented in an understandable and clinically useful format.


INTIMA: A Journal of Narrative Medicine (Open Access)

Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine is a literary journal dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Narrative Medicine, an interdisciplinary field that enhances healthcare through the  effective communication and understanding between caregivers and patients.



By The Bedside Of The Patient (Book Review)

Review of a book by local author on narrative medicine


American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

The Society is an educational organization whose purpose is to promote the exchange of ideas and foster multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and inter-professional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development, and collegiality among people engaged in all of the endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities.


The Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database  

New York University School of Langone Health Division of Medical Humanities 

The Division of Medical Humanities encourages students to address key issues in healthcare through the prism of the humanistic disciplines, including history, literature, philosophy, and the visual arts.


The American Homefront Project (News)

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