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4.0 out of 5 stars The role of narrative in chronic illness, 19 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Healing Dramas and Clinical Plots: The Narrative Structure of Experience (Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology) (Paperback)
What is the role of narrative during the occupational therapist's treatment of severely disabled patients within a hospital setting? Cheryl Mattingly explores this and the relation between narrative and the human experience of life changing chronic illlness in this ethnographic study. Using case studies, she traces how narratives are created in the therapeutic practice.
Initially the therapist encounters her patient, a broken self with future hopes and plans destroyed. From a now limited range of options a new desired future is sought after. Together they navigate their uncertain journey in this unfolding drama. The patient becomes the human actor in a search for healing and a new self.
This informative book draws on wide range of perspectives to develop a narrative theory of social action and experience.
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