Karen Rader “Making Sense of Illness Narratives: What is the Value of Storytelling in Medicine?”

Narrative medicine, as a scholarly field, dates from anthropologist Arthur Kleinman’s 1988 book arguing for the more pro-active use of patient storytelling in healthcare. In the subsequent decades, divergent views of the value of so called “illness narratives” have emerged, challenging and calling for further research and reflection on how humanities perspectives might best inform medicine. This talk will consider those divergent views, from the perspective of undergraduate teaching in Medical Humanities.