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Narrative Theory, Medicine, and Methods

David J. Bearison

in When Treatment Fails

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195156126
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999873 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156126.003.0002
Narrative Theory, Medicine, and Methods

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This chapter discusses the narrative theory and how narratives or stories about caring for children who die in hospitals are able to capture the messy particulars found beyond the biological imperatives. It shows that these narratives are able to give voice to the quotidian pain and distress that these children invariably endure. The chapter also discusses how the narratives were obtained, and a guide to the remaining chapters is provided.

Keywords: narrative theory; caring for children; pain and distress; narratives

Chapter.  3604 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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