“Fiction” and “Historicity” in Doctors' Stories

Cheryl Mattingly and Linda C. Garro

in Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520218246
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935228 | DOI:
“Fiction” and “Historicity” in Doctors' Stories

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This chapter shows just how deep narrative runs in the daily medical world. It studies the central moral dimensions of medical practice, while noting that narrative seems to provide the place where difficult and disturbing moral issues can be raised. It introduces the notion of “narrative practices,” and stresses the point that the “medicalized object” is formed in narrative terms. The chapter also uses narrative in order to study the “temporal dimension of disease and the struggle to find coherent plots”.

Keywords: narrative; medical world; moral dimensions; medical practice; moral issues; narrative practices; medicalized object; narrative terms; temporal dimension

Chapter.  8760 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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